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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2019

…One heard a fine singing cast and, above all, inspired conducting by Gustavo Dudamel. My delight at discovering a Mozart conductor who bears so much resemblance to Giulini merits its inclusion on the list. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, May 2019

…This cast is remarkable for fidelity to the music—the standards are so high that this could almost be a studio recording. Every famous aria is beautifully phrased, and the ensembles display a satisfying unanimity. In every role the singers understand Mozart’s vocal writing and know that it comes first. We are only an inch away from a cast at the very top rank…

Anna Prohaska’s Susanna sings as persuasively as anyone since Anna Moffo for Giulini, employing a full, bright tone that is never thin, along with allure in her timbre and natural musicality—Prohaska seems effortlessly to inhabit the character. The Cherubino, Marcellina, and Barbarina are first-rate, both as soloists and as ensemble singers. Given a more compelling Figaro, one could have turned off the visuals and felt completely satisfied. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Allan Altman
American Record Guide, March 2019

MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) [Opera] (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015) (NTSC) ACC-20366 
MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) [Opera] (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10366

The real star of the show is conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Under his baton, Mozart’s orchestral commentary on the action bursts forth with such clarity as to presage Wagner’s use of the orchestra to represent subconscious thoughts and feelings. Tempos and rubato feel natural and inevitable, sforzandos bubble like champagne, and complex orchestral figures are executed with exceptional clarity by the Staatskapelle Berlin. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, January 2019

MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) [Opera] (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015) (NTSC) ACC-20366 
MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) [Opera] (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10366

This is all well and good, and the brouhaha is entertaining in its way…

There are no weak links in the cast, and Gustavo Dudamel keeps things moving along nicely… © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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