- Benjamin Bayl (Fortepiano)
Notes & Reviews:
The second of DG's series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and initiated by Rolando Villazón, in collaboration with Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Universal Music Arts & Entertainment and Rolex. This Così fan tutte enchanted the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus audience when recorded in concert in 2012, with Nézet-Séguin inspiring his stellar cast to feats of vocal derring-do.
An enthusiastic advocate of Mozart's music, Rolando Villazón takes on the lead tenor role. Das Opernglas hailed his debut as Ferrando, calling him "ideal for the role - we have not heard a more beautiful, better sung and deeper felt 'Un aura amorosa' in a long time". Starring a thrilling cast of both young and experienced Mozart opera stars including accomplished soprano Mojca Erdmann as Despina, acclaimed Mozartian soprano Miah Persson and prizewinning young American mezzo Angela Brower as the emotionally manipulated sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Also joining this crème-de-la-crème cast are distinguished Mozart bass-baritone Adam Plachetka as Guglielmo and Italian buffo baritone Alessandro Corbelli as Alfonso. Youthful exuberance tempered by depth of insight make this a rare Così, a must for even the most seasoned opera lover.
The Don Giovanni production, which was released as first of the series, has received RAVE reviews: "... one of the best recordings... " The Daily Telegraph
The Times, 30th August 2013
The continuo parts in the recitatives are nimble and witty...The women easily capture their assigned personalities: seraphic, volatile or worldly-wise...Thumbs up for Alessandro Corbelli's lived-in baritone, a good fit for Don Alfonso...the orchestra's stunning. There's humour here, plus genuine feelings.
The Observer, 1st September 2013
The miracles of this opera are the ensembles, and these work brilliantly, underpinned by the crisp playing of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, culminating in a second-act finale whose pathos, force and passion are truly sensational.
Sunday Times, 15th September 2013
Cos8 finds [Villazon] in healthier voice, even if Ferrando's emotional rigours push him towards unstylish verismo sobbing. Alessandro Corbelli's idiomatic Alfonso and Miah Persson's girlish, vulnerable Fiordiligi approach perfection, while NTzet-STguin and co offer an ideal balance between humour and pathos.
Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
As before, NTzet-STguin shows himself to be an excellent Mozartian. Time and again he beguiles the listener with subtle phrasing...[Persson sings] with gleaming tone and noble fervour...Corbelli makes his mark in the ensembles through his idiomatic attention to the text...Villazon scales his Verdi-size voice down effectively, with only a hint of sliding.
BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
[NTzet-STguin] brings to Mozart's music springy rhythms and a strong sense of continuity and poise...Few recordings can match the team of expert singers who display their talents here...Persson is a world-class Fiordiligi...[Brower] carves each lines incisively through the texture...Villazon as Ferrando is captivating...Plachetka as Guglielmo lets us hear every word.
Recording information: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (07/2012).
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588
- Performer: Benjamin Bayl (Fortepiano)
- Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
- Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
- Running Time: 117 min. 48 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1790