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Overtures to – The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Idomeneo, etc.
Reviewed by: Colin Anderson
Reviewed: August 2007
CD No: VIRGIN CLASSICS 3 63284 2
Duration: 62 minutes
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.