Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro - Berry, Mathis, M. Price, Fischer-Dieskau, Fassbaender, Kusche, Böhm. München, 1977
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Karl Böhm once remarked that conducting Mozart kept him young. That statement is born out in this performance of Le Nozze di Figaro which he led while already an octogenarian. He brings vitality and grace to Mozart's comedy that many conductors half his age can't muster. No doubt he was inspired by a sensational cast of Mozartians including Walter Berry in the title role, Edith Mathis as Susanna, Margaret Price as the Countess, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as the Count and Brigitte Fassbaender as Cherubino. It is a testament to the times that they would cast Wagnerian voices in Mozart. Why won't they do that anymore?? The sound is excellent.