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JVC XRCD24 Mariella Devia – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Review

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2016-8 XRCD24 Devia

• Directly recorded to half inch analog tape
• Mastered Using K2 Technology!
• Mastered by Tohru Kotetsu at JVC Mastering Studio in Japan
Mariella Devia, soprano
Daniele Callegari, director
Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Exultate, jubilate KV 165

1. Andante
2. Recitativo
3. Andante
4. Molto Allegro
Regina Coeli KV 108
5. Allegro
6. Tempo moderato
7. Adaigio un poco Anantino
8. Allegro
Laudate Dominum KV 339
9. Andante ma un poco sostenuto
Ave verum corpus KV 618
10. Per coro, orchestra e organo
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik KV 525
11. Allegro
12. Romanze, Andante
13. Menuetto, Allegretto
14. Rondo, Allegro

Opera Soprano Dame Mariella Devia’s bel canto repertoire is loved by many and beloved of the hardcore Italian fan base. Though secured in her status among the opera-goers, Dame Devia has had scantly few recordings released to her credit, including a few with Fone Record. Italian label Fone Record began making analog recording of performances in the late 1980s and its currently catalog features analog reel-to-reel tapes, SACDs and digital downloads. In 1997, Fone Record released an analog recording of Mozart arias by the dame. On February 16, 2016, Combak Corporation, having acquired the license to the original analog master tape, engaged JVC to remaster it for the JVC XRCD24 catalog.

The choice of Mozart arias for Dame Devia is an interesting one for the genre doesn’t require the stamina and range of an operatic soprano. In fact, Dame Devia would imaginably need to scale back for this recording. I can quite imagine the players’ excitement for getting an opera star to sing the Mozart arias. Fortunately, she was in her late forties when this recording was taking place and at the height of her control and prowess. Let all Mozart aria nuts rejoice!

Of particular merit is track nine, ” Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339″ in which the progression is considerably leisurely at 5:24, while some have been clocked at just over 4 minutes. This arrangement, however, lends us the opportunity to relish in the superb vocalization of Dame Devia. What heavenly control! And to bask in the glory of XRCD24.

As the last piece of the disc, we are finally ushered into a purely instrumental piece amidst the beautiful singing, the Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. While we have more recordings of the popular serenade than most of us can ever listen to and own, the XRCD24 version possesses the advantage of an audiophile ilk. In terms of interpretation, mainstream classical labels such as Deutsche Grammophon has more recordings of the work than any other in its comprehensive catalog, including the very perennial ones by conductors such as Herbert von Karajan and Karl Bohm, conducting German ensembles that share the same cultural heritage as Mozart himself.

Then, there are the audiophile grade ones represented most predominantly by the Telarc version the dimensionality and textural richness of which is considered peerless by audiophiles. And now we have an Italian version of it with the Marche Philharmonic Orchestra or Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana in Italian, under the direction of Daniel Callegari. Do we need this version? If you are a collector and have hundreds of the Mozart Serenade recording, then rationality follows that you probably won’t want this one except for the off chance that you want to hear what an XRCD24 can sound like; and that is precisely the reason I urge readers to hear it. What serenade if not Eine Kleine Nachtmusik? What audiophile label if not the JVC XRCD24?


MMSXR018 – Mariella Devia Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart XRCD24


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