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This recording features Christian Baldini conducting a hand-picked selection of arias from six of Mozart's much-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures. Soprano Elizabeth Watts, winner of the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier prize, is the featured soprano.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has established impeccable Mozartian credentials with its award-winning discography, to which Mozart: Opera Arias and Overtures is the latest addition. The SCO's previous forays into operatic repertoire (Handel with soprano Emma Bell and Mozart, Haydn & Cimarosa with baritone William Berger) have been highly critically acclaimed.
The SCO's affinity with Mozart's music is demonstrated with perfect eighteenth-century style in the overtures; whilst the arias see the orchestra lend characterful support. Award-winning soprano Elizabeth Watts has performed in Don Giovanni at Covent Garden,Così fan tutte for Glyndebourne on Tour and Le nozze di Figaro for Santa Fe Opera and Welsh National Opera; she utilises her experience to create memorable performances.
A love of Mozart inspired conductor Christian Baldini to make music his career so it is fitting that his recording debut with the SCO features repertoire that is so close to his heart.
BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month:
‘ Mozart packed with character - Elizabeth Watts hits new heights with this superb disc. Thanks to the fresh approach of its exceptional soprano, orchestra and conductor...you can play it all through at one sitting without ever tiring at Mozart's resourcefulness .'
Vocal Recital Award Nominee
2016 International Classical Music Awards
CD of the Week: ‘ Now you could call it a marriage made in musical heaven - the Scottish Chamber Orchestra has impeccable Mozart credentials .'
4 stars - ‘ The glorious voice of Elizabeth Watts...Christian Baldini makes an impressive recording debut with the SCO, bringing real drive and focus...Thrilling stuff .' The Guardian
4 stars - ‘ Thrilling playing from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra make this an essential disc in a crowded market... The results are giddily exciting .' Sinfini
4,5 stars - ‘ [Watt's] bright and flexible voice is wonderful in Mozart...This disc invites repeated listening and is highly recommended .' AllMusic.com