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'La Finta Giardiniera'
from Opéra de Lille -
reviewed by
GERALD FENECH

'... a humdinger of a version, passionately sung and acted and superbly conducted by Emmanuelle Haim.'

Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera. © 2015 Parlophone Records Ltd, A Warner Music Group Company

Composed in 1775 to a libretto by Giuseppe Petroselli, La Finta Giardiniera is one of Mozart's best early creations, but being a comedy it has been overshadowed by such dramatic pieces as Idomeneo and Lucio Silla. The story is rather complicated with one romantic escapade overlapping another, but with a happily resolving finale and some truly glorious music lasting nearly three hours, this opera is certainly deserving of more frequent performances. Indeed, during these last three years it has enjoyed a mini revival, and the recording under review is one such occasion...

Copyright © 2 June 2017 Gerald Fenech,
Gzira, Malta

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MOZART: LA FINTA GIARDINIERA

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

WARNER CLASSICS

FRANCE

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