There are many recordings of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Do we need another? In the case of this new recording by young Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis, Fresh Air classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says, “Absolutely.”
Currentzis calls Mozart the most contemporary composer and the greatest musician in history, someone with a deep understanding of good and evil, a composer who could create the most perfect musical architecture and also “put the snake in the middle of the temple.” Currentzis isn’t trying to prove any historical or musicological point. His orchestra, MusicAeterna, uses period instruments because, Currenztis says, they sound better. “If I thought that this music sounds better on electric guitars,” he says, “I would perform it on electric guitars.” This Figaro is not just a farce. It’s all about human feeling. And Currentzis achieves this through a kind of instinct that intuits the most expressive tempos and nuanced dynamics.