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    I know that I have maligned him in the past, but I heard some of his Don Giovanni with an open ears and thought it was excellent.

    Now, I haven't heard "figaro", "cosi", or "clemenza" in their entirety before. Would his recordings be a good start for these? Or is he too radical for a first-time listen?
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    Or is he too radical for a first-time listen?
    If authenticity and excellence are too radical qualities for you and you'd prefer to hear some boring Nozze di Figaro first (there are many with famous conductors), avoid Jacobs recording by all means.
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    I about soiled myself reading this review of his Clemenza by a self professed Clemenza fan. Make of it what you will. I'm not exactly a fan of Pendatchanska (subtlety, what subtlety?) but she's got an interesting voice all right. On the other hand, I am in love with the Idomeneo he conducted last Autumn in Vienna.

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    I totally agree with Aramis.

    IMO his Le Nozze di Figaro are even better than his Don Giovanni!

    As I said in another thread, I like very much Jacobs, particularly for his drama sense, and he made a very good job with Le Nozze.
    One of the most exciting performance of this wonderful opera!
    The only drawback is that, after listening to Jacobs, you'll possibly find other performances a little tedious....

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    Two thumbs up for Jacobs conducting Mozart. As others have said, there's nothing radical going on here - just a superb HIP conductor doing his thing.

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    Of Jacobs' recorded Mozart I've heard only the DON GIOVANNI. I don't know much about period-instrument performances, but I thought it was an interesting if not especially theatrical recording. Unless you love authentic-instrument Mozart I wouldn't recommend it for a first/sole DON GIOVANNI, but then "my" recorded version is the 1984 Haitnik one starring Thomas Allen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    but I thought it was an interesting if not especially theatrical recording
    And what's untheatrical about it, for me Mozart operas from Jacobs cycle are as dramatically alive as it gets.

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    I have all Jacobs' Mozart recordings of operas. While there are other ways of doing things, Jacobs certainly has something to say!

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    I have his Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflote. They are good but I think others do them better- gardener and Abbado for one

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    In my opinion, Mozart's operas are the very heart of his entire oeuvre... and among the greatest works ever composed. As such, I have 6 or 8 or more recordings of each of the "great" four operas (Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote, and Cosi fan tutte) and 2 or 3 of Idomeneo, and La Clemenza... Jacobs' recordings of Mozart's operas consistently rank among the finest IMO. Add to this the "luxury" packaging of the works:




    No... I would not give up such "old school" recordings as:





    Honestly, I don't think either an "old school" recording by the likes of Karajan or Bohm or a newer HIP recording by Jacobs or Gardiner is inherently better for a first time listener. The finest at either end of the spectrum unearth something special and offer a unique vision of Mozart's operas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    In my opinion, Mozart's operas are the very heart of his entire oeuvre... and among the greatest works ever composed. As such, I have 6 or 8 or more recordings of each of the "great" four operas (Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote, and Cosi fan tutte) and 2 or 3 of Idomeneo, and La Clemenza... Jacobs' recordings of Mozart's operas consistently rank among the finest IMO. Add to this the "luxury" packaging of the works:




    No... I would not give up such "old school" recordings as:





    Honestly, I don't think either an "old school" recording by the likes of Karajan or Bohm or a newer HIP recording by Jacobs or Gardiner is inherently better for a first time listener. The finest at either end of the spectrum unearth something special and offer a unique vision of Mozart's operas.
    Talk about 'extravagant hysteria'. . . which in no way violates the canons of good taste, of course. Ha. Ha. Ha.

    I've got a lot of catching up to do.

    Great post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    In my opinion, Mozart's operas are the very heart of his entire oeuvre... and among the greatest works ever composed. As such, I have 6 or 8 or more recordings of each of the "great" four operas (Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote, and Cosi fan tutte) and 2 or 3 of Idomeneo, and La Clemenza... Jacobs' recordings of Mozart's operas consistently rank among the finest IMO. Add to this the "luxury" packaging of the works:




    No... I would not give up such "old school" recordings as:





    Honestly, I don't think either an "old school" recording by the likes of Karajan or Bohm or a newer HIP recording by Jacobs or Gardiner is inherently better for a first time listener. The finest at either end of the spectrum unearth something special and offer a unique vision of Mozart's operas.
    And where are the Klemperer and Haitink and analog Solti recordings?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    And where are the Klemperer and Haitink and analog Solti recordings?

    Klemperer's Magic Flute and Cosi fan tutte are among those pictured... although this might be the best buy:



    Haitink and Solti I can do without. There are better conductors (for Mozart) and better singers and better combinations of both on any number of alternatives... including those pictured.
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    I like the Solti analog Mozart operas very much. He's surprisingly good and more relaxed there.
    And the Haitink digital EMI operas are wonderful.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Abbado's Zauberflote certainly us something special!

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