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Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera
 
 
Artist
Alexandra Reinprecht, Norman Shankle, Cellia Costea & others. Staatsorchester Stuttgart. Lothar Zagrosek, conductor.
Studio Arthaus Musik
Format DVD Widescreen
DVD Encoding
Worldwide  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 807280125399
Runtime/Release Date 2 hrs 19 mins/2006
Daedalus Item Code 25778
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Mozart's youthful farce La Finta Giardiniera ("The Pretend Garden-Girl"), K. 196, was written when the composer was just 18.

"La Finta Giardiniera has been unwisely neglected…. The music is always dramatically apt and frequently inventive. The opening of act three, in particular, has the sort of sweet, sad atmosphere of one of the great piano concerto adagios. And what once might have been considered the libretto's weakness of a diffuse, confused scramble of mismatches and pained redemption, actually plays quite well in the 21st century—certainly better than the faux religiosity of The Magic Flute…. The exemplary booklet [has] a fine essay on the opera, a summary, and artist biographies. As directed by Jean Jourdheuil, the action comes across with great clarity…. Jourdheuil references the comedy when appropriate, but the emphasis is on the mental distress and confusion of the wayward lovers. When they all congregate in a darkened garden, they wear lighted goggles, and still fumble around in the dark, unable to really locate each other."—Opera Today

"As often happens in Mozart's comic operas, he seems to justify a dubious plotline with a disturbing reminder of the unlikely events that can also go on in our own heads—especially when love is involved."—NPR

 
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