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    What are your top five Mozart opera recordings?

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    Before we start David, just the the names from the pieces or do you want the artists / conductor as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Before we start David, just the the names from the pieces or do you want the artists / conductor as well?
    I meant complete operas so conductors and lead singers would do - sufficient to identify.

    For example, the first on my list would be Giulini Don Giovanni on EMI with Wacher, Taddei, Sutherland, etc..

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    Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

    Leontyne Price (Fiordiligi), Tatiana Troyanos (Dorabella), Judith Raskin (Despina), George Shirley (Ferrando), Sherrill Milnes (Guglielmo), Ezio Flagello (Don Alfonso)
    New Philharmonia Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf.

    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

    Lucia Popp (Susanna), Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess Almaviva), Frederica von Stade (Cherubino), Samuel Ramey (Figaro), Thomas Allen (Count Almaviva), Robert Tear (Basilio), Kurt Moll (Bartolo), Jane Berbié (Marcellina), Giorgio Tadeo (Antonio), Philip Langridge (Curzio), Yvonne Kenny (Barbarina)

    London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

    Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

    Joan Sutherland (Donna Anna), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Donna Elvira), Eberhard Wächter (Don Giovanni), Giuseppe Taddei (Leporello), Gottlob Frick (Il Commendatore), Luigi Alva (Don Ottavio), Piero Cappuccilli (Masetto), Graziella Sciutti (Zerlina), Heinrich Schmidt (harpsichord)

    Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini


    Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621 DVD
    Staged and Directed by: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

    Eric Tappy, Tatiana Troyanos, Catherine Malfitano, Carol Neblett & Anne Howells

    Wiener Philharmoniker, James Levine



    Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621 CD

    Werner Krenn (Tito), Teresa Berganza (Sesto), Maria Casula (Vitellia), Lucia Popp (Servilia), Brigitte Fassbaender (Annio) & Tugomir Franc (Publio)

    Wiener Staatsopernorchester & Wiener Staatsoperchor, István Kertész

    (Recorded: Sofiensaal, Vienna, May/June 1967)


    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

    Martti Talvela (Sarastro), Stuart Burrows (Tamino), Cristina Deutekom (Königin der Nacht), Pilar Lorengar (Pamina), Renate Holm (Papagena), Hermann Prey (Papageno), Gerhard Stolze (Monostatos), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Sprecher), René Kollo (1er Geharnischter), Hans Sotin (2er Geharnischter), Hanneke van Bork (Erste Dame), Yvonne Minton (Zweite Dame), Hetty Plümacher (Dritte Dame)

    Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti.

    So Cosi fan Tutte on number one, the rest of them in no particular order.

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    I only ever have heard one Mozart opera, Magic Flute, live in the 1980s, but have no Mozart operas in my collection. Hence, no vote.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I only ever have heard one Mozart opera, Magic Flute, live in the 1980s, but have no Mozart operas in my collection. Hence, no vote.
    Wow! You poor guy!

    Rectify immediately with the Don
    Last edited by DavidA; Mar-18-2017 at 20:50.

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    Magic Flute - Klemperer/Berry/EMI (Warner Classics)
    Magic Flute - Colin Davis/Price/Philips
    Cosi Fan Tutti - Jacobs/Gura/Harmonia Mundi
    Marriage of Figaro - Jacobs/Gens/Harmonia Mundi
    La Clemenza Di Tito - Gardiner/von Otter/Archiv

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Wow! You poor guy!

    Rectify immediately with the Don
    Frankly it has not bothered me. Closest I come to Mozart in opera with my collection is Cimmarosa's Matrimonio Segreto.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Le nozze di Fargo - Jacobs
    Die Zauberflöte - Solti (the first one)
    Don Giovanni - Giulini
    Cosi fan tutte - Jacobs
    La Clemenza di Tito - Davis

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    Quote Originally Posted by gellio View Post
    Le nozze di Fargo - Jacobs
    Die Zauberflöte - Solti (the first one)
    Don Giovanni - Giulini
    Cosi fan tutte - Jacobs
    La Clemenza di Tito - Davis


    Couldn't resist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post


    Couldn't resist.
    Nice choices, wonderful t.v. series, brilliant film.
    Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    Nice choices, wonderful t.v. series, brilliant film.
    Is that the one with all the mid winter and snow in it?

    ( Sorry for going off topic David)

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    Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Beecham 1956


    Don Giovanni - Giulini 1959


    Le nozze di Figaro - Giulini 1960


    Così fan tutte - Böhm 1962


    Die Zauberflöte - Klemperer 1964
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    Don Giovanni: Giulini
    Die Zauberflöte: Böhm
    Die Zauberflöte: Klemperer
    Le nozze di Figaro: Solti
    Così fan tutte: Böhm

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    Hmmm, tough. I don't have numerous recordings of any operas. Not my favorite genre.

    That being said, I would definitely put Klemperer's Magic Flute up at the very top. After that, I have several of Rene Jacobs' recordings that I enjoy:
    1. Klemperer - Magic Flute
    2. Jacobs - Marriage of Figaro
    3. Jacobs - Don Giovanni
    4. Jacobs - Cosi fan tutte

    That's all I have.

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