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“My personal pick for giving this year is Classical Opera’s glorious The A-Z of Mozart Opera, which is fresh, diverse, insightful and illuminating (everything that such recital anthologies usually fail to be).” Gramophone
Re-released on Signum Classics in March 2014, Classical Opera’s début recording, The A-Z of Mozart Opera, was selected for Gramophone magazine’s annual Critic’s Choice in 2007. Founded on the coincidence that Mozart’s first opera (Apollo et Hyacinthus) begins with A and his last (Die Zauberflöte) with Z, this disc takes the listener on a chronological journey through Mozart’s operatic canon, featuring an aria or ensemble from fifteen of his operas.
The outstanding cast features acclaimed British artists Susan Gritton, Mark Stone and Matthew Rose, Swedish soprano Klara Ek, Dutch mezzo soprano Cora Burggraaf and five of Classical Opera’s former Associate Artists – sopranos Rebecca Bottone, Martene Grimson and Anna Leese and tenors Allan Clayton and Andrew Staples. The recording was devised and conducted by Ian Page.
“…uniformly superb interpretations… an auspicious début recording of intelligence, finesse and quality.” Gramophone