Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384 – Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 02:18:40 minutes | 2,73 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 7/2014
The third of DG’s series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and initiated by Rolando Villazón, in collaboration with Festspielhaus Baden Baden, U-Live, and sponsored by ROLEX.
The release follows up a “completely enthralling” (Opernglas) Così fan tutte and “the most exciting and consistently well-sung Don Giovanni for some years” (Opera) with another Baden-Baden Festival Mozart production,Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this similarly acclaimed 2014 Entführung aus dem Serail: “Well-deserved cheers for all participants” (Online Musik Magazin).
It was recorded live in the stunning venue of Festspielhaus Baden Baden and features a star cast full of critically-acclaimed artists – including Diana Damrau, the reigning Konstanze of our time – with an extraordinary strong showing of Deutsche Grammophon artists.
“There’s a bouncy enthusiasm to Nézet-Séguin’s approach, with its wide, dynamic contrasts, but not a great deal of subtlety, though the COE is its usual cultivated and alert self…The sense of style that’s missing in Villazón’s singing is emphasised by the other tenor, Paul Schweinester as Pedrillo, and especially by Diana Damrau as Konstanze.” –The Guardian
“[Damrau] delivers the best Martern aller Arten I’ve heard for yonks: a delicious compendium of tangled emotions, gloriously matched by virtuosic instrumental playing…Singing with great sensuality and perhaps even flutier top notes, Anna Prohaska makes a spirited Blonde…[Villazon] sings Belmonte with bluff vigour and a fine, metallic ring to the voice.” –The Times,
“this is the most satisfactory instalment so far of DG’s projected recordings of [Villazon] surmounts the difficulties, if not effortlessly, then with more than credit. Damrau makes light of Konstanze’s bravura challenges, but her sound can turn steely and fierce…Anna Prohaska and Paul Schweinester are an attractive comic pair, Franz-Josef Selig is the best Osmin on disc since Kurt Moll…The set’s success is guaranteed by Nézet-Séguin’s airy conducting of a full edition.” –Sunday Times