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    Default Currentzis' Le Nozze di Figaro

    Has anyone bought/heard this? What do you think?

    From Spotify, I rather like it - I'm keen to hear what he does with Cosi Fan Tutte when it's released later this year.

    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempo View Post
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    Now, Currentzis is a born star

    he is quite genious, I would say, because some times he is cool
    and other times he creates a very classically beautiful sound in music.

    the marriage of Figaro is really good for me too.

    As he said by himself, he tried to avoid an industrial approach in the recording.
    He wants to lower the loudness of the voice and bring the magic of music out.

    He has made the production of cosi fan tutte before.
    Its worth listening to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post
    He wants to lower the loudness of the voice and bring the magic of music out.
    damn those shouty Mozarteans!

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    Had never heard of this production... thanks for pointing me to this ! Of course you can ask yourself how many more Nozze's do we need... But this one certainly stands out. I like the small sound and the very, very delicate singing. Almost no vibrato and with such fresh recitatives. This is one that many will probably hate. It's a bold attempt. I wonder if this production was staged.

    And that Dove sono !

    Having heard this I will keep an eye open for Currentzis.
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    Sounds like more gimmicky Mozart to me.
    I'll wait for it to fade away with the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post
    Now, Currentzis is a born star

    he is quite genious, I would say, because some times he is cool
    and other times he creates a very classically beautiful sound in music.

    the marriage of Figaro is really good for me too.

    As he said by himself, he tried to avoid an industrial approach in the recording.
    He wants to lower the loudness of the voice and bring the magic of music out.

    He has made the production of cosi fan tutte before.
    Its worth listening to it.
    Has he recorded Cosi before?! When? What label?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Sounds like more gimmicky Mozart to me.
    I'll wait for it to fade away with the rest.
    jmho
    What does ''gimmicky'' actually mean in this context? You are obviously saying that it's done in a style that you dislike, which is fine, but why does that make it ''gimmicky''?

    Does something that's not done in an old-school (Klemperer, Solti, Bohm, Giulini etc) sort of fashion automatically have to be ''gimmicky''?

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    This is my first recording of this opera on cd and i must say i enjoy it. I like the recorded sound, the tempi chosen and the characterisation. Not my favourite opera but i enjoy it after watching many versions on DVD

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    I think is amazing, this guy (Currentzis) is a real musician, this Nozze are a revelation for me!

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    And no-one was disappointed by the female singers?

    I enjoyed hearing Currenzis's Figaro. The thing I've found the most intersting from him was Shostakovich 14.

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    [QUOTE=Mandryka;726004]And no-one was disappointed by the female singers?

    Simone Kermes was a new one to me. I am not a Figaro expert...it is one of those operas i am maturing into but i enjoyed the female voices.

    Looking forwards to hearing his Cosi. The snippet on the accompanying video sounded good compared to the Nezet-Seguin version i have

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    What does ''gimmicky'' actually mean in this context? You are obviously saying that it's done in a style that you dislike, which is fine, but why does that make it ''gimmicky''?

    Does something that's not done in an old-school (Klemperer, Solti, Bohm, Giulini etc) sort of fashion automatically have to be ''gimmicky''?


    I'm not speaking for Itullian or passing judgment upon Currentzis' recording of Le Nozze di Figaro, which I haven't heard. Still it is more than possible to find something "gimmicky" and still not limit one's taste to "old school" recordings. Personally, I would need to be convinced that Currentzis' recording was truly something new and special before wishing to invest in another Nozze, having more than a few great recordings... old school and new: Bohm, Gardiner, Giulini, Rene Jacobs, Hv Karajan, Solti, Charles Mackerras, Sir Colin Davis...
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    He wants to lower the loudness of the voice and bring the magic of music out.

    I thought the singing was a key element of the music.
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    I listened to the first act; the bombastic orchestral playing gets tiring after a while, and the singers are not quite right; the only one I really liked was Cherubino. Basilio sounds like it belongs to a Lully opera, Susanna is pretty indifferent and Figaro is quite unlikeable. Not sure if I'll go on to act two.

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