Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K87

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Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K87

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13th Oct 2014

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3 hours 43 minutes

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Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K87


Barry Banks (Mitridate), Miah Persson (Aspasia), Sophie Bevan (Sifare), Lawrence Zazzo (Farnace), Klara Ek (Ismene), Robert Murray (Marzio), Anna Devin (Arbate)

The Orchestra of Classical Opera, Ian Page

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Classical Opera continue their series of Mozart Operas on Signum with Mozart’s 'Mitridate, re di Ponto', K. 87 (74a).

As well as the complete opera, this 4CD digipak release includes a bonus disc featuring the original versions of a number of arias from the opera that Mozart subsequently changed in the final version.

First Recording of the opera to include Mozart's original versions of seven arias and a duet German, French & Italian translations of synopsis and notes at www.classicalopera.co.uk/recordings/mitridate

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mitridate, re di Ponto, K. 87

Overture: Allegro

Overture: Andante grazioso

Overture: Presto

Act I, Scene 1: Recitative, "Vieni, Signor" (Arbate, Sifare)

Act I, Scene 2: Recitative, "Se a me s’unisce Arbate" (Sifare, Aspasia)

Act I, Scene 2: No. 1, Aria, "Al destin, che la minaccia" (Aspasia)

Act I, Scene 3: Recitative, "Qual tumulto nell’alma" (Sifare)

Act I, Scene 3: No. 2, Aria, "Soffre il mio cor con pace" (Sifare)

Act I, Scene 4: Recitative, "Sin a quando, o Regina" (Farnace, Aspasia)

Act I, Scene 5: Recitative, "Ferma, o germano" (Sifare, Farnace, Aspasia)

Act I, Scene 6: Recitative, "All’ire freno, Principi, olà" (Arbate, Sifare, Farnace)

Act I, Scene 6: No. 3, Aria, "L’odio nel cor frenate" (Arbate)

Act I, Scene 7: Recitative, "Principe, che facemmo!" (Farnace, Sifare, Aspasia)

Act I, Scene 7: No. 4, Aria, "Nel sen mi palpita" (Aspasia)

Act I, Scene 8: Recitative, "Un tale addio, germano" (Farnace, Sifare)

Act I, Scene 8: No. 5, Aria, "Parto: Nel gran cimento" (Sifare)

Act I, Scene 9: Recitative, ”Eccovi in un momento sconvolti” (Farnace, Marzio)

Act I, Scene 9: No. 6, Aria, ”Venga pur, minacci e frema” (Farnace)

Act I, Scene 10: No. 7, Marcia, Maestoso

Act I, Scene 10: No. 8, Cavata, "Se di lauri il crine adorno” (Mitridate)

Act I, Scene 10: Recitative, ”Tu mi revedi, Arbate” (Mitridate, Ismene, Arbate)

Act I, Scene 11:Recitative, ”Su la temuta destra” (Sifare, Mitridate, Farnace, Ismene)

Act I, Scene 11: No. 9, Aria, ”In faccia all’oggetto” (Ismene)

Act I, Scene 12: Recitative, ”Teme Ismene a ragion” (Mitridate, Arbate)

Act I, Scene 13: Accompanied Recitative, ”Respira alfin, respira” (Mitridate)

Act I, Scene 13: No. 10, Aria, “Quel ribelle e quell’ingrato” (Mitridate)

Act II, Scene 1: Recitative, “Questo è l’amor, Farnace” (Ismene, Farnace)

Act II, Scene 1: No. 11, Aria, “Va, l’error mio palesa” (Farnace)

Act II, Scene 2: Recitative, “Perfido, ascolta” (Ismene, Mitridate)

Act II, Scene 3: Recitative, “Eccomi a’ cenni tuoi” (Aspasia, Mitridate)

Act II, Scene 4: Recitative, “Respiro, oh Dei!” (Aspasia, Sifare, Mitridate)

Act II, Scene 4: No. 12, Aria, “Tu che fedel mi sei” (Mitridate)

Act II, Scene 5: Mitridate, re di Ponto, K. 87, Act II, Scene 5: Recitative, “Che dirò? Che ascoltai?” (Sifare, Aspasia)

Act II, Scene 6: Mitridate, re di Ponto, K. 87, Act II, Scene 6: Recitative, “Alla tua fede il padre, Sifare, applaude” (Arbate)

Act II, Scene 7: Recitative, “Oh giorno di dolore!” (Aspasia, Sifare)

Act II, Scene 7: Accompanied Recitative, “Non più, Regina” (Sifare, Aspasia)

Act II, Scene 7: No. 13, Aria, “Lungi da te, mio bene” (Sifare)

Act II, Scene 8: Accompanied Recitative, ”Grazie ai Numi partì” (Aspasia)

Act II, Scene 8: No. 14, Aria, “Nel grave tormento” (Aspasia)

Act II, Scene 9: Recitative, “Qui, dove la vendetta si prepara” (Mitridate, Ismene, Arbate)

Act II, Scene 10: Recitative, “Sedete, o Prenci” (Mitridate, Sifare, Farnace)

Act II, Scene 11: Recitative, “Signor, son io” (Marzio, Mitridate, Sifare)

Act II, Scene 12: Recitative, “Inclita Ismene” (Mitridate, Ismene)

Act II, Scene 12: No. 15, Aria, “So quanto a te dispiace” (Ismene)

Act II, Scene 13: Recitative, “Ah, giacchè son tradito” (Farnace)

Act II, Scene 13: No. 16, Aria, “Son reo; l’error confesso” (Farnace)

Act II, Scene 14: Recitative, “E crederai, Signor” (Sifare, Mitridate, Aspasia)

Act II, Scene 14: No. 17, Aria, “Già di pietà mi spoglio” (Mitridate)

Act II, Scene 15: Recitative, “Sifare, per pietà stringi l’acciaro” (Aspasia, Sifare)

Act II, Scene 15: Accompanied Recitative, “Io sposa di quel mostro” (Aspasia, Sifare)

Act II, Scene 15: No. 18, Duet, “Se viver non degg’io” (Sifare, Aspasia)

Act III, Scene 1: Recitative, “Pera omai chi m’oltraggia” (Mitridate, Aspasia, Ismene)

Act III, Scene 1: No. 19, Aria, “Tu sai per chi m’accese” (Ismene)

Act III, Scene 2: Recitative, “Re crudel, Re spietato” (Aspasia, Mitridate)

Act III, Scene 3: Recitative, “Mio Re, t’affretta” (Arbate, Mitridate)

Act III, Scene 3: No. 20, Aria, “Vado incontro al fato estremo” (Mitridate)

Act III, Scene 4: Recitative, “Lagrime intempestive” (Aspasia)

Act III, Scene 4: Accompanied Recitative, ”Ah ben ne fui presaga!” (Aspasia)

Act III, Scene 3: No. 21, Cavatina “Pallid’ ombre, che scorgete” (Aspasia)

Act III, Scene 4: Accompanied Recitative, “Bevasi... Ahimè” (Aspasia)

Act III, Scene 5: Recitative, “Che fai, Regina?” (Sifare, Aspasia)

Act III, Scene 6: Recitative, “Che mi val questa vita” (Sifare)

Act III, Scene 6: No. 22, Aria, “Se il rigor d’ingrata sorte” (Sifare)

Act III, Scene 7: Recitative, “Sorte crudel, stelle inimiche” (Farnace)

Act III, Scene 8: Recitative, “Teco i patti, o Farnace” (Marzio, Farnace)

Act III, Scene 8: No. 23, Aria, “Se di regnar sei vago” (Marzio)

Act III, Scene 9: Accompanied Recitative, “Vadasi... Oh ciel” (Farnace)

Act III, Scene 9: No. 24, Aria, “Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto” (Farnace)

Act III, Scene 10: Recitative, “Figlio, amico, non più” (Mitridate, Sifare)

Act III, Scene 11: Recitative, “Ah vieni, o dolce dell’amor mio” (Mitridate, Aspasia, Sifare)

Act III, Scene 12: Recitative, “Reo non si chiami, o Sire” (Ismene, Mitridate)

Act III, Scene 12: No. 24, Chorus, “Non si ceda al Campidoglio” (Aspasia, Sifare, Farnace, Ismene, Arbate)

Mitridate, re di Ponto - Original Version, K. 87, Act I, Scene 2: No. 1, Aria, "Al destin, che la minaccia" (Aspasia)

Mitridate, re di Ponto - Original Version, K. 87, Act I, Scene 10: No. 8, Cavata, "Se di lauri il crine adorno” (Mitridate)

Mitridate, re di Ponto - Original Version, K. 87, Act I, Scene 11: No. 9, Aria, ”In faccia all’oggetto” (Ismene)

Mitridate, re di Ponto - Original Version, K. 87, Act II, Scene 7: No. 13, Aria, “Lungi da te, mio bene” (Sifare)

Mitridate, re di Ponto - Original Version, K. 87, Act II, Scene 8: No. 14, Aria, “Nel grave tormento” (Aspasia)

Mitridate, re di Ponto - Original Version, K. 87, Act II, Scene 13: No. 16, Aria, “Son reo; l’error confesso” (Farnace)

Mitridate, re di Ponto - Original Version, K. 87, Act II, Scene 15: No. 18, Duet, “Se viver non degg’io” (Sifare, Aspasia)

Mitridate, re di Ponto - Original Version, K. 87, Act III, Scene 3: No. 20, Aria, “Vado incontro al fato estremo” (Mitridate)

Opera

November 2014

“This performance under Ian Page is a first-rate ensemble effort in an opera that carries no passengers when it comes to vocal pyrotechnics … This splendid achievement…is given added documentary value by the inclusion of a fourth CD containing the original versions of eight arias the teenage Mozart changed at the behest of his cast.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2014

“Banks dispatches the fiendish demands of the [title-]role with impressive security and vividness...A consistent cast without any weak links. Classical Opera's achievement is at least the equal of any version hitherto in the opera's distinguished discography.”

The Telegraph

17th November 2014

****

“This excellent recording is probably the one that Mozart completists will want to have: it contains not only unflaggingly stylish virtuosic singing...but also a useful compendium of seven previously unrecorded arias and a duet...The supporting soloists are also first rate, and Ian Page and the Orchestra of the Classical Opera company provide exemplary accompaniment throughout.”

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2014

***

“Banks delivers a dazzlingly authoritative account of the title role...A front-rank lighter-weight Rossini tenor, he may not possess the bronzed tones of Bruce Ford...but from the start he throws off notes and words with such fearless hauteur that all comparisons soon cease.”

Financial Times

13th December 2014

“Classical Opera’s recording has plenty of vitality and a cast who romp through their virtuoso arias.”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

December 2014

“Ian Page's ongoing, broadly chronological series of the complete Mozart operas has yielded some real treasure so far in terms of the early works, and there's knock-out vocal virtuosity from all concerned here - particularly Barry Banks as the eponymous ruler and Miah Persson as the beleaguered Aspasia.”

Opera Now

January 2015

“the arias are exciting and Ian Page’s conducting of the Orchestra of Classical Opera provides both momentum and detail… His cast is up to the vocal demands, which are bravura in the extreme.”

MusicWeb International

2nd December 2015

“[Page] reveals it to be a masterpiece of variety, pacing and colour, whatever the composer's age, and his direction gives a coherent shape to the whole piece. The action zips along with energy, and each aria, so different from the one before, seems to open up a whole new landscape for the listener to explore. It's very exciting, and if you already know Mozart's later masterpieces then I urge you to seek out this one to see what you're missing”

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