Apr 16



Le Nozze di Figaro, by Wolfgang A. Mozart, conducted by Karajan ???? and Böhm ?????
Both of these performances are awesome, the first with Herbert von Karajan, performed in 1949 with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Irmgard Seefried, and George London, and the second by Karl Böhm, performed in 1969 with a star-studded cast of Hermann Prey, Gundula Janowitz, Edith Mathis, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Tatiana Troyanos. The sound of the Karajan recording was definitely inferior to Böhm’s later recording, providing the greatest distraction. Yet, for a post-war production, it has a stunning and awesome quality to it. Böhm maintains technical excellence while producing a piece that overwhelms with charm. Both recordings are fitting for the Mozart lover.

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Dec 11

The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart, Hamburg Opera, (Cult Opera) ????
11DEC09 – This opera is a wonderful classic, performed in traditional style in the 1970’s by the Hamburg Opera company. The recording is not perfect in technique, yet the performance is very compelling, and well done. This is a version of Figaro worth having in any musical repertoire. The singing was actually performed in German, rather than Italian, the way Mozart originally scripted the opera. This doesn’t seem to distract from the performance. Tom Krause and Edith Mathis are the two true stars in this film, both with superb acting and voices to make the opera a true success.

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