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A new Le nozze di Figaro gets things off to a positive start this month. This is the fourth release in a Mozart series conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (newly appointed music director of the Met in New York), recorded live in concert in Baden-Baden last July. It features a stellar cast. Christiane Karg proves a lively lynchpin as Susanna, her performance alert and bright. The same can be said of Luca Pisaroni, whose baritone is lithe and characterful. Thomas Hampson proves he still has plenty of voice, and his Conte sounds duly amorous, confused and menacing in turn. Sonya Yoncheva turns in a grand Contessa, not from the same musical world as the rest of the cast: she sounds rather old-fashioned and not as fleet, her voice perhaps already too dark for the role. Angela Brower is a neat Cherubino, if not exceptional. Anne Sofie von Otter, Rolando Villazón and Jean-Paul Fouchécourt do duty as Marcellina, Basilio and Don Curzio, and while no-one’s reputation will be particularly enhanced, none will be ruined. Maurizio Muraro hits just the right note as Bartolo, amusing without mugging. Nézet-Séguin keeps tight control without rushing, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe plays cleanly and finely. This probably won’t supplant whatever favourite or classic Figaro sits on your shelf, but it’s definitely worth hearing.

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