Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Colin Clarke
MusicWeb International, March 2014

The Overture…sparkles and explodes. Act 3 finds the Count and Susanna smoking something that definitely has a mellowing effect…Musically, their duet here is of the highest standard…

Vito Priante is a superb Figaro, perfectly focused of voice and with great stage presence. One gets the impression that he is equally confident in comedy as high drama, which gives this Figaro appreciable depth. Lydia Teuscher provides a perfectly idiomatic, light-voiced but intensely human Susanna.

It is delightful to see Ann Murray as Marcellina, here perfectly matched in her opening scene with Bartolo.

Sally Matthews’ Countess is a touching assumption. She sings “Porgi amor” very well…

Cherubino…is the tremendously strong Isabel Leonard.

Andrew Shore, one of the great character-actors/singers of our times, is a fabulously funny Bartolo…the Glyndebourne Chorus is splendidly well-drilled.

All in all this is a very professional, class product. It is fitting that Glyndebourne’s most recent Figaro has been captured so effectively, and in the pristine medium of Blu-Ray. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Bill White
Fanfare, November 2013

…all of the singing is quite excellent…Young Italian bass-baritone Vito Priante brings a rich and accurate instrument to Mozart’s title character…Sally Matthews…is a quite lovely and enjoyable Countess and provides finely sung versions of “Porgi amor” and “Dove sono.” She also combines beautifully with Teuscher to sing a consummate “Sull’ aria,”…Isabel Leonard continues her rapid climb to the top ranks with this lively and endearing portrayal of boy Cherubino; some say she steals the show here. Oh, and she can really sing, a joy to listen to. As usual for Glyndebourne, the smaller roles are finely cast as well. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment provides a properly light touch in Mozart’s score…

 As with nearly all Glyndebourne productions I have seen, they provide full value here with elegant sets, fine singers, and a well-rehearsed cast in a charming staging. Le Nozze is a bit of a special opera for the Festival…The Glyndebourne forces have done the opera full justice in this new production, and this entertaining Blu-ray set deserves to be highly recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, August 2013

MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (Glyndebourne, 2012) (NTSC) OA1102D
MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (Glyndebourne, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7118D

…taken on its own terms, Michael Grandage’s production is very fine.

In the pit, Robin Ticciati paces almost everything superbly, with good, flowing speeds for the letter duet and ‘Deh vieni’. There are no weak links in the predominantly young cast…Sally Matthews as the Countess is outstanding in ‘Dove sono’…it’s highly enjoyable. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, July 2013

This is a nicely conceived and recorded production with performers who appear age-appropriate for all of their respective roles. Maestro Ticciati keeps the score moving along with a deft if not distinguished touch.

The details, colors, and capture of stage and close ups is simply outstanding. The sense of live performance is well conveyed by Francois Roussilon’s cameramen who cover this relatively small stage to perfection.

There are some excellent individual performances here, particularly those turned in by the women in the cast: American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, German soprano Lydia Teuscher, British soprano Sally Matthews, and wily veteran mezzo Ann Murray. © 2013 Read complete review

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group