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.
Recording information: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, England (01/27/1981).
Submitted on 01/02/11 by C Briley
Thomas Hampson (Baritone Vocal): Christmas with Thomas Hampson
Christmas with Thomas Hampson / Hampson, Wolff, St. Paul CO
Great Singers Live: Margaret Price
Great Singers Live: Nicolai Ghiaurov
Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni
Wagner: Tannhäuser / Barenboim
Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete; Mahler: Ruckert & Wunderhorn Songs / Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano
Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588
- Conductor: Colin Davis
- Running Time: 95 min. 35 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1790