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Idomeneo Naxos 6.220586-89


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus


Varesco, Giovanni Battista


Fischer, Adam


Danish Radio Sinfonietta


Danish National Choir


Bloch Jepsen, Jakob; Bonde-Hansen, Henriette; Eliasson, Goran; Elsner,
Christian; Hammarstrom, Kristina; Hedegaard, Mathias; Hojgaard Andersen, Ditte;
Kontra, Maria; Lewis, Richard; Milanesi, Raffaella; Milling, Stephen; Strehl,

Idomeneo Review

In the last two decades of the 19th century and the first two decades of
the 20th, the major opera houses of the world tossed Mozart operas into the
wastebasket. In that time opera was dominated by the concepts of music drama and
verismo. Mozart wrote for singers, not conductors, and the tyranny of the
conductor, which Verdi despised, dominated the era. The earliest revival of
Mozart operas was at the Salzburg Festival in 1922 when Don Giovanni, Così fan
tutte, and Le Nozze di Figaro were performed, but sung in German. Idomeneo was
not performed until 1951and was sung in Italian. The revival of Mozart at
Glyndebourne took place in 1934, and Idomeneo was first performed there
in 1951.

The history and evaluation of this opera was written by James Camner in
his review of the recording conducted by John Eliot Gardiner in Fanfare 15:3.
I would agree that is one of the best recordings of the opera, the other being
conducted by Charles Mackerras on EMI. Actually there

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