WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)/RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949): Idomeneo.
Catalogue Number: 09J049
Reference: CDS 532/1-2
Description: Commissioned for the 150th anniversary of its premiere (1931), this reshaping of Mozart's opera seria tells us as more about Strauss and current tastes than it does about Mozart. Recitative was pared and orchestrated, arias reordered and eliminated, some music newly composed for applying the leitmotif concept... There's really no end to the surprises here for the true connoisseur of the unusual and for the historian of performance practice and historical transmission of works. (Strangely, there is also a pirate recording of a French translation of this performed in 1960!) 2 CDs. German-English libretto. Dario Schmunck (tenor), Sofia Soloviy, Cinzia Forte, Francesca Scaini (sopranos), Slovak Choir of Bratislava, Orchestra Internzionale d'Italia; Corrado Rovaris.