The Marriage Of Figaro

Artist: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Format: 3CD
Bar-code: 5060294543046
Cat No: M3CD304

£7.99

Mozart was lucky to have got The Marriage of Figaro on to the stage of the Court Opera in Vienna on 1 May 1786. It was based on a play by the French playwright Beaumarchais which had fallen foul of the French censor in a Paris where, in less than three years’ time, the monarchy would be overthrown by bloody revolution. Although Mozart held a Court appointment as Kapellmeister, he needed a success in Italian opera to improve his position. His meeting in Vienna with the Italian poet and dramatist Lorenzo da Ponte proved decisive. The two men struck sparks off each other. Inspired by da Ponte’s libretto, Mozart was enabled musically to express fully his profound understanding of human frailty and his innate generosity of spirit. Figaro the manservant proves to be the most intelligent and resourceful of all the male characters; Susanna, surely the most adorable female character in all opera, is courageous, self-possessed, determined and spirited; the Count, no cut-out villain but a man of his class living in the past yet finally able to embrace the new spirit of the age; and the Countess, a woman of unassailable integrity and grace who, against all the odds, is able to reconcile with the man she loves. They are clothed in some of the most sublime music even Mozart conceived.

Composer: Mozart

Artist: Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus

Conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

CD 1

1. Overture

Act One

2. Cinque…dieci
3. Se a caso Madama
4. Or bene; ascolta e taci
5. Se vuol ballare
6. Ed aspettaste il giorno
7. La vendetta
8. Tutto ancor non ho perso
9. Via resti servita, Madama brillante
10.Va la, vecchia
11.Non so più
12.Ah! Son perduto!
13.Cosa sento!
14.Basilio, in traccia tosto
15.Giovani liete
16. Cos’è questa commedia?
17. Evviva! ….. Evviva!
18.Non più andrai

CD 2

Act Two

1. Porgi, amor
2. Vien, cara Susanna
3. Quanto duolmi, Susanna
4. Voi che sapete
5. Bravo! Che bella voce!
6. Venite, inginocchiatevi
7. Quante buffonerie!
8. Che novità!
9. Susanna, or via sortite
10.Dunque voi non aprite?
11.Aprite, presto
12. Tutto è come il lasciai
13.Esci ormai, garzon malnato
14. Signore! Cos’è quel stupore?
15. Conoscete, Signor Figaro?
16.Voi Signor, che giusto siete

CD 3

Act Three

1. Che imbarazzo è mai questo
2. Crudel, perchè finora
3. E perchè fosti meco
4. Hai già vinto la causa…
Vedrò mentr’io sospiro
5. È decisa la lite
6. Riconosci in quest’amplesso
7. Eccovi, o caro amico
8. E Susanna non vien!…Dove sono
9. Io vi dico Signor
10. Canzonetta sull’aria
11.Ricevete, o padroncina
12.Amanto costanti

Act Four

13.L’ho perduta, me meschina
14.Tutto è disposto….Aprite un po
15.Signora! Ella mi disse
16.Giunse alfin il momento…Deh vieni non tardar
17. Perfida! E in quella forma meco mentia?
18. Pian, pianin, le andro più presso
19. Tutto è tranquillo e placido
20. Pace pace mio dolce tesoro
21.Gente, gente, all’armi, all’armi