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Mozart
Overtures to – The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Idomeneo, etc.
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Sir Yehudi Menuhin

Recorded May 1990 in La Grange de Dorigny, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
CD No: VIRGIN CLASSICS 3 63284 2
Duration: 62 minutes
Reviewed: August 2007
Overtures to 12 Mozart operas – showing his range – played with affection and shape in recorded sound that is vivid and tangible. Menuhin’s conducting is ‘old-school’ – full-toned and shapely: ‘Figaro’ is near-perfect in its moderate tempo while, throughout, a real sense of involvement makes each overture a miniature tone poem bursting with vitality, expression and a gamut of emotions and situations.

 

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