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Mozart: Così Fan Tutte

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Mozart specialist Colin Davis directs an exceptional recording of this witty, sophisticated, compact, comic opera. The superlative cast, including a stellar Kiri Te Kanawa, and the excellent orchestra respond to Davis's finely polished account of the score, deftly balancing the humanity, irony, pain and humour of Da Ponte's complex battle of the sexes. Packaged in an attractive clam-shell box with full libretto online.

"The conducting of Colin Davis ensures that this is not just a polished performance but a memorable musical and theatrical experience." -The Standard

"It was a high-level cast; notable features were spontaneous, clear, fluent recitative, audible sotto-voce whisperings, and an electrifying unity in ensemble." -The Stage

BBC Music Magazine
It offers abundant pleasures. Te Kanawa recorded an earlier Fiordiligi...and a later...: neither manifests the personality and velvety warmth of tone of show here, and her virtuosity in 'Come Scoglio' is staggering. Thomas Allen's Guglielmo, too, is impeccably sung.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, England (01/27/1981).


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Considering that this is a rerelease of a 1981 recording, they couldíve done more to clean up the recording. Itís a bit cloudy. I will say that the cast is very well chosen and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa shines in the coloratura role of Fiordiligi. Iím a little disappointed in the variance of tempi throughout. I guess since I sing this role a bit faster, I guess I just want Sir Colin Davis to get on with it. Itís a really nice recording and one that Iím glad to own.
Submitted on 01/02/11 by C Briley 
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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 95 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790