Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
The Concert Arias for Tenor
Christoph Prégardien, tenor
Michi Gaigg, direction
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major K. 16
Arias K. 21 (19c), 209, 210, 256, 295, 420
Rezitativos & Arias K. 36 (33i), 431 (425b)
Divertimento No. 3 in F major K. 138 (125c)
[…] The bright timbre, the flow of his [Christoph Prégardien’s] legato is truely admirable; the colourfulness and truthfulness of musical gestures are insurpassable […] contributing greatly to this is the accompanying violinist Michi Gaigg with her L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra […] transparent and passionate Mozart playing.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 01/2003
The lyrical tenor Christoph Prégardien sets dramatically to work with the text. The L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra finely adds the rather dry, but warm gut string sound.
Interpretation and sound merit the highest possible rating.
Fono Forum 03/2003
Prégardien sings the music with his accustomed commitment and sense of style. There is elegance and warmth in his phrasing. L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra is a keen, perceptive ensemble that provides excellent accompaniments. The recorded quality is high and there are detailed notes, texts and translations.
International Record Review 04/2003
A superb recording of Mozart arias.
Salzburger Nachrichten 04/2003
The achievement deserves the highest praise: this has turned out a very convincing interpretation.
Toccata – Alte Musik aktuell, Sept-Oct 2003