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Opera Explained: MOZART - The Marriage of Figaro (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: MOZART - The Marriage of Figaro (Smillie)

Opera Explained
This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form.

An Introduction to... MOZART: The Marriage of Figaro
Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-083-1

Many opera-lovers would name The Marriage of Figaro as their favourite opera. It appeals to the most intellectual listener, but also to music-lovers seeking great melodies and ensembles (while it remains accessible through its fascinating plot and memorable characters) and to those seeking only entertainment. One of three operas by Mozart to libretti by Lorenzo da Ponte it represents one of the pinnacles not just of operatic but of human achievement.

1.   Introduction 00:05:10
2.   Mozart the phenomenon 00:05:19
3.   Mozart's operas 00:03:48
4.   Don Giovanni 00:06:32
5.   Così fan tutte 00:05:32
6.   The three Beaumarchais plays 00:05:15

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  The Marriage of Figaro
7.   Beginning: Figaro and Susanna 00:06:10
8.   Dr Bartolo's vengeance 00:03:18
9.   Cherubino sent to war 00:05:44
10.   The Countess's sorrow and Figaro's plans 00:04:46
11.   Cherubino dressed as a girl 00:04:21
12.   The Count seeks revenge 00:08:15
13.   A letter for the Count 00:06:43
14.   Assignations in the garden 00:03:55
15.   The denouement 00:04:37

Total Playing Time: 01:19:25

Smillie, Thomson

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.558078

Barcode: 0636943807828

Physical Release: 06/2003

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