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Mozart - La finta giardiniera / Gruberova · T. Moser · Heilmann · Margiono · Bacelli · Upshaw · Scharinger · Harnoncourt
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Dawn Upshaw
Mozart - La finta giardiniera / Gruberova T. Moser Heilmann Margiono Bacelli Upshaw Scharinger Harnoncourt
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #3


      
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Wonderful Work!
Ken R. Hanson | FARMINGTON, MN USA | 01/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording and performance of La Finta Giardiniera is magnificent. This is an incredible work, full of energy and endlessly enjoyable aria's."
The First Great 'Adult' Mozart Opera: a first-rate showcase
Abel | Hong Kong | 02/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This opera has two versions, like 'Don Giovanni' - the opera buffa version, and a singspiel version.
Harnoncourt's opera buffa version is a really remarkable one. The tempi are great, the drama brought to real life and the singers are impeccable.
Moser as the Mayor and Heilmann as the Count are a perfect tenor pair. It is marvellous that Mozart did not use a baritone for the Mayor, and still better for Harnoncourt to find Thomas Moser to sing this role, whose timbre contrasted with Heilmann's lyrical tenor to great effect.
Gruberova offered one of her best performances as Sandrina. Her duets with Heilmann are simply Mozart singing at the best. If Juan Diego Florez is to sing this Count in Giardiniera, he would have done vey well indeed if he could equal Heilmann's performance here.
Dawn Upshaw's maid is so sprightly that almost outshined the earlier first-rate soubrettes like Gueden, Seefried, Loose, and almost certainly outshined the contemporaries like Ciofi or Netrebko.
La Finta Giardiniera offers the best of Mozart's dramatic skills and a fully-casted Italian opera - both buffa and seria - two tenors, one castrato (sung here by Bacelli), one prima donna, one secondo donna (Margiono)one bass and one soubrette. All have showcase arias. In its melodies and drama, I personally think it actually superseded the later but much more famous da Ponte opera "Le Nozze di Figaro"."
Unbelievably beautiful
Roo.Bookaroo | 01/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The beauty and power of this music is beyond belief. And we are immensely lucky to be able to appreciate it with some of the best singers around.
Although it is labeled opera buffa, as usual with Mozart, his music transcends the labeling, and could be as well considered worthy of an opera seria. At times, you simply don't know if you're listening to La Finta Giardiniera or Idomeneo. The style is grand and heroic and ravishing from beginning to end.

Charlotte Margiono (Arminda) singing the No. 13 aria "Vorrei punirti indegno" makes shivers going down your spine. Harnoncourt does a fabulous job of bringing the best out of his first-class singers and out of this extraordinary score.
I cannot tire of listening and relistening to this unique opera without end.

I completely agree with Abel "AMY" that this 1775 opera, produced when Mozart was 19, ranks on a par with the famous operas of the last five years, 1786-1791.
It is beyond belief that a 19-year old teenager could produce such magnificent entrancing music. It does make you seriously believe that Mozart was a miracle in the human species.

With a recording of this superlative quality, La Finta Giardiniera should become better known and open the door to a revaluation and reappraisal of all these Mozart "Early Italian operas", which are unfairly neglected and ignored, but are all in fact shining musical jewels.
ROO.BOOKAROO, Jan. 20, 2010"