, 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!