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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Furlanetto, Upshaw, Te Kanwa, Hampson, von Otter, Troyanos; Levine
Kiri Te Kanawa, Michael Forest, Renato Capecchi
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Furlanetto, Upshaw, Te Kanwa, Hampson, von Otter, Troyanos; Levine
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #3


      
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Ideal
SingingFriar | the OC, CA | 04/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own a total of four recordings of "Figaro" including Bohm (gorgeous singing), von Karajan (early one with Schwarzkopf and London. Again, gorgeous) and the Abbado (Later DG, saved only by Abbado, Skovhus and Bartoli). This recording is without a doubt the finest and most enjoyable. It combines flawless singing in EVERY role and a sense of character and meaning in the recitatives instead of simply pattering through them to reach the arias. Levine's conducting is at its best - brisk, yet thoughtful. This is for me definitive - Hampson is incredibly masculine, Te Kanawa sensual, Upshaw innocent yet firey, Furlanetto is brisk and smooth. Special mention should go to the supporting cast including Von Otter for a superb Cherubino and Troyanos as Marcellina. Buy this and enjoy a Figaro that is intelligent and real!"
Coals to Newcastle
Judge Knott | Upper West Side, NY, NY | 01/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let me join the crowd and toss on another 5-star recommendation. Others have mentioned the beauty of the voices, but what satisfied me with this recording was the overall beauty of both the sound and the product. The quality of the recording could not be higher, and the MET Orchestra is simply sublime. If you, like many, consider "Figaro" to be the perfect opera, you might well consider this to be the perfect recording of it. The physical product (CD + libretto + box) is of the highest quality, too. A real winner, this!"
An Excellent First Choice
Amethyst Gold | 08/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"James Levine's opera recordings with the Metropolitan Opera forces were often compromised by weak casting or sluggish conducting. But that's not the case with this FIGARO. The cast is good all around (Furlanetto's voice is a bit rough, as always, but he doesn't let the side down), and Levine's conducting is really excellent -- on a big, grand scale, and with the balance of comedy and seriousness that this opera needs. One especially nice thing about Levine's conducting is that he allows the brass and timpani to be clearly heard and make a powerful impact, unlike many conductors in this opera (Solti being the worst offender). The sound is generally fine, with a good voice-orchestra balance. This could well be a first choice for a recording of FIGARO with no major weaknesses and many strengths."