Mozart la finta giardiniera has long been one of the lesser-known operas of the young Mozart, perhaps because the original Munich version, sung in Italian, quickly disappeared from the repertoire until it was revived in German from 1779 onwards.

MOZART La finta giardiniera. Nicolas Rivenq, Sophie Karthauser, Jeremy Ovenden, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Sunhae Im, Michael Nagy, Freiburger Barockorchester / Rene Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi 3cdsMOZART La finta giardiniera. Nicolas Rivenq, Sophie Karthauser, Jeremy Ovenden, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Sunhae Im, Michael Nagy, Freiburger Barockorchester / Rene Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi 3cdsView or buy

A posthumous version from 1796 displays skilful reorchestration: extremely ‘symphonic’ and typical of late Mozart – to such an extent that numerous specialists have thought they detected the composer’s own hand. It is this so-called ‘Námest’ version that is recorded here by René Jacobs, who sees in this amazingly lively opera “a very ancient form of theatre, which blithely mingles farce with great passions (…) and elements typical of a ‘modern’ initiatory opera”.

René Jacobs reputation in the operas of Mozart is unsurpassed and this major rediscovery is a priority for the Autumn.

The luxury packaging includes an essay on the Prague score and the customary scholarly notes from René Jacobs on his performing version.

Sandrina (Violante) – Sophie Karthäuser, soprano
Contino Belfiore – Jeremy Ovenden, tenor
Arminda – Alex Penda, soprano
Cavaliere Ramiro – Marie-Claude Chappuis, mezzo-soprano
Podestà – Nicolas Rivenq, baritone
Serpetta – Sunhae Im, soprano
Roberto (Nardo) – Michael Nagy, bass

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