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Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro | ICA Classics ICAC5147

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro

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Label: ICA Classics

Cat No: ICAC5147

Barcode: 5060244551473

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th March 2018

Contents

Artists

Erich Kunz
Irmgard Seefried
Paul Schoffler
Lisa Della Casa
Sena Jurinac
Oskar Czerwenka
Rosette Anday
Murray Dickie
Anny Felbermayer
Walter Berry
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Karl Bohm

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492

Artists

Erich Kunz
Irmgard Seefried
Paul Schoffler
Lisa Della Casa
Sena Jurinac
Oskar Czerwenka
Rosette Anday
Murray Dickie
Anny Felbermayer
Walter Berry
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Karl Bohm

About

Harold Rosenthal, editor of Opera magazine, described this staged performance of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at London’s Royal Festival Hall in September 1954 as ‘sheer delight’ and went on to praise an exceptionally strong Viennese cast, many of whose members had long associations not just with the Vienna State Opera but with the city itself. In a 1985 interview Walter Berry (Antonio) said, ‘We played in the Theater an der Wien (during the rebuilding of the Vienna State Opera) and we developed a certain style, a Mozart style which was connected very much with the singers of that time...this was an incredible ensemble (with particular reference to Irmgard Seefried, Erich Kunz and Paul Schoeffler) together with Karl Böhm and Josef Krips’.

Erich Kunz was described by Harold Rosenthal as ‘the complete artist’ in this performance, while Alan Blyth said he epitomised ‘the Viennese style at its most compelling...with his charming personality, velvety baritone and innate sense of style’. Irmgard Seefried is descibed by George Hall in his booklet notes as ‘one of the joys of this recording’. Lisa Della Casa (Countess) sang this role nearly 200 times worldwide while Paul Schöffler sang the Count’s role 103 times in Vienna alone. Of Sena Jurinac’s performance Harold Rosenthal said: ‘What an imp of mischief she makes of Cherubino and with what feeling and intensity she sang her two arias’. As for Karl Böhm, the distinguished critic Joseph Wechsberg wrote of him, ‘When Böhm conducts Mozart, we hear Mozart, not Böhm conducting Mozart’.

A very good live recording captures the atmosphere of this light-footed performance in a packed Royal Festival Hall.

Cast:
- Figaro: Erich Kunz
- Susanna: Irmgard Seefried
- The Count: Paul Schöffler
- The Countess: Lisa Della Casa
- Cherubino: Sena Jurinac
- Bartolo: Oskar Czerwenka
- Marcellina: Rosette Anday
- Basilio: Murray Dickie
- Barbarina: Anny Felbermayer
- Antonio: Walter Berry

Royal Festival Hall, London, 13 September 1954

This release has been sourced from the Richard Itter archive. After 12 years of negotiation starting in 2005, ICA Classics have signed an exclusive long term agreement with the Lyrita Recorded Edition who are responsible for Richard Itter Trust. The collection is very important for collectors because it has never been released before onto the market.

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