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Mozart's concert arias are not really generically independent from his operas. They were mostly written for insertion into operas by a singer, often Mozart's girlfriend and then sister-in-law Aloysia Weber, who wanted to display her talents to their best advantage. As such, however, they stand out from other operatic arias as some of the most difficult vocal pieces Mozart composed. Several of these pieces are in Queen of the Night territory, with not just individual high notes but lengthy passages that require the singer to be melodic at the very top of her range. This 1994 release by French soprano Natalie Dessay, just hitting the very top of her game, has been a favorite among aficionados of Mozart's vocal music, and its reissue in Virgin Classics' budget line gives other listeners a chance to try it out. For sheer agility in the top register, it's hard to beat. Dessay not only hits the multiple examples of the E two octaves plus above middle C, she sounds good doing so, and she makes real music as the tune bounces around a few steps below that. There are sopranos with greater dramatic insight than Dessay, and plenty with more sheer power, but for the pleasure of hearing a trained voice enter territory where only a few can go, this disc remains a rare find. The Lyon Opera Orchestra under Theodor Guschlbauer stays out of Dessay's way, which is exactly the right place for it. The booklet notes, in English, French, and German (the French and German notes are different from the English but identical to each other), are abbreviated from the earlier release; there is no biographical information, but the basic background on the music is helpful. No texts are given, but when you hear Dessay hit the stratosphere, you won't care.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 8 famous concert arias. Natalie Dessay sings with Lyon Opera Orchestra, which will be directed by Theodore Guschlbauer, in some recordings from 1995.

 1 CD. EMI Classics. 4768552

 Great Artist of the Century.

*** Recommendation ***

 

1.  Ah, se in ciel, benigne stelle, K 538 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
 
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
   
 
 
2.  Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K 418 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
 
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
   
 
 
3.  No, che non sei capace, K 419 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
 
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
   
 
 
4.  Se tutti i mali miei, K 83 (73p) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
 
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1770; Rome, Italy 
   
 
 
5.  Popoli di Tessaglia...Io non chiedo, K 316 (300b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
 
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
   
 
 
6.  Mia speranza adorata...Ah, non sai qual pena, K 416 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
 
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
   
 
 
7.  Alcandro, lo confesso...Non sò, d'onde viene, K 294 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
 
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
   
 
 
8.  Ma che vi fece...Sperai vicino il lido, K 368 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
 
Performer: Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor: Theodor Guschlbauer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1779-1780; Salzburg, Austria 
 
 

 

Disc 1:
 
 1Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle K5387:20
 
 2Vorrei spiegarvi, Oh Dio K4187:90
 
 3No, che non sei capace K4194:29
 
 4Se tutti i mali miei K83/K73p6:59
 
 5Popoli di Tessaglia! ... Io non chiedo, eterni Dei K316/300b10:56
 
 6Mia speranza adorata! ... Ah non sai qual pena sia K4168:51
 
 7Alcandro, lo confesso...Non so donde viene K2948:57
 
 8Ma che vi fece, o stelle ... Sperai vicino il lido K3688:34


 

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