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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Mozartissimo'
Artist - Rolando Villazòn

For those not in the know, Rolando Villazòn's brand new album Mozartissimo is a personal retrospective including his very own favorite tracks.

With famous arias from his Mozarts Operas “Don Giovanni”, “Così fan tutte”, “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, “Le nozze di Figaro”, “La clemenza di Tito” and “Die Zauberflöte,” Villazòn presents them in a new tailor-made selection curated by, of course, the man himself.

Indeed, here on Mozartissimo, Villazón emerges from behind the characters he has portrayed on the operatic stage in selections that offer a more personal portrait of the singer and his relationship with Mozart; his second such collection since 2014's Mozart: Concert Arias.

Don Giovanni
1. Dalla sua pace
2. Il mio tesoro intanto

Così fan tutte
3. Un'aura amorosa del nostro Tesoro
4. Tradito, schernito dal perfido cor

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
5. Hier soll ich dich denn sehen...Aber wie soll ich in den Palast kommen?
6. Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen, dich! O wie ängstlich, o wie feurig
7. Wenn der Freude Tränen fließen
8. Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke

Le nozze di Figaro
9. In quegli anni in cui vai poco

La clemenza di Tito
10. Del più sublime soglio
11. Ah, se fosse intorno al trono
12. Se all'impero, amici dei

Die Zauberflöte
13. Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
14. Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen
15. Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!
16. Pa-Pa-Papagena!-Pa-Pa-Papageno!
17. Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen

Misero! O sogno o son desto? - Aura, che intorno spiri K 431 (425b)
18. Misero! O sogno o son desto? -
19. Aura, che intorno spiri K 431 (425b)
20. Con ossequio, con rispetto K 210

From the magnificent, vibrantly effective, at times euphoric opening of the duo offering from Don Giovanni - Dalla sua pace and Il mio tesoro intanto, you know you're in for an incredible night's musical entertainment.

The quieter mid-tempo of Così fan tutte's duo of Un'aura amorosa del nostro Tesoro and the swelling In qual fiero contrasto … Tradito, schernito are also magnificent to hear and they are backed seamlessly by a sold, if not whimsical quartet from Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Next up is a solo piece from Le nozze di Figaro in the perky In quegli anni in cui val poco which in turn is followed by a beautiful trilogy of work from La Clemenza di Tito.

A resoundingly free flowing quintet comes to the fore next in the uplifting majesty of the wood wind-aided Die Zauberflöte (of which the opening work Der Vogelfänger bin ich, ja is my own personal favorite), and then the album comes to a close on three works recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London in 2012: the robust Misero! O sogno…Aura che intorno spiri, K431, the spellbinding Misero! O sogno…Aura che intorno spiri, K431, and then the skittering Con ossequio, con rispetto, KV 210.

In the album notes, Rolando shares a short message he wrote to Mozart upon first completing Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life (edited by Robert Spaethling):

“I just finished reading your letters and all I want to say is: hey, Amadé, don’t go away, keep talking to me, my dear friend. But what follows is silence."

"So I take the score of Don Giovanni and the sparkling notes jump from the pages, and your voice breaks the silence. Oh, my most beloved composer, my dearest friend, señor Mozart de mi corazón, we still have so much, so much to talk about. My ears are open, my soul is ready, my voice is yours. ¡Vámonos!”

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