Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro, K. 492 (live)

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Label: ICA
Catalog: ICAC5147
Format: CD

Jurinac, Sena; Della Casa, Lisa; Seefried, Irmgard; Anday, Rosette; Happ, Gerda; Wernigk, William; Böhm, Karl; Kolm, Alberta; Felbermayer, Anny; Wiener Staatsopernchor; Kunz, Erich; Czerwenka, Oscar; Wiener Philharmoniker; Schöffler, Paul; Dickie, Murray; Berry, Walter

Walter Berry reflected in an interview in 1985, "we played in the Theater an der Wien (during the rebuilding of the Vienna State Opera) and we developed a certain style, a Mozart style which was connected very much to the singers of that time … this was an incredible ensemble." Harold Rosenthal, Editor of Opera magazine, described the staged performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 13 September 1954 as ‘a sheer delight’, highlighting the performances of Erich Kunz (Figaro) and Sena Jurinac (Cherubino), while Irmgard Seefried (Susanna) was ‘one of the joys of this recording’ (George Hall). These Richard Itter tapes of the live broadcast have never been released before, and the superb recording fully captures the atmosphere in this light-footed performance in a packed Royal Festival Hall to perfection.

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