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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, June 2008

Le Nozze has the bigger cast here, of course, with the magnificent female trio of Cotrubas, Te Kanawa, and von Stade, all in fine voice. The little-known but talented Knut Skram (whatever became of him?) is also quite impressive in the role of Figaro, and veteran British baritone Benjamin Luxon is absolutely delightful as Count Almaviva. The production by (now Sir) Peter Hall is fabulous, in the end making you wish that the whole thing could have been captured in more up-to-date sound.

But let me emphasize, before I scare off potential buyers, the recording is quite listenable and the sonics are NOT a major drawback. Your ears should adjust quite comfortably. John Pritchard, probably one of the more underrated opera conductors of his era, draws fine playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and fine singing from the Glyndebourne Chorus. There are eighty-seven tracks provided by Arthaus for easy access of almost any significant point in the opera. An absolute delight-highly recommended!



John Steane
Gramophone, April 2008

The Glyndebourne Nozze di Figaro of 1973 has a near-ideal cast and recalls the beloved matchbox of the old theatre wonderfully well. Kiri Te Kanawa, Ileana CotrubaČ™ and Frederica von Stade are lovely to look at as well as delightful to hear. John Pritchard’s conducting and Peter Hall’s production are further assets. © 2008 Gramophone





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