Notes & Reviews:
Opera music's revolutionaries, Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna, the orchestra he created, follow up their acclaimed release of Le Nozze de Figaro with a new recording of Mozart: Cosí Fan Tutte. Le Nozze de Figaro won Germany's ECHO prize for Opera Recording of the Year. Like Figaro, Cosí Fan Tutte, the second release of Currentzis' recordings of all three Da Ponte Mozart operas, is a no-compromise studio recording and the fruit of a unique way of living and working which Currentzis has established in Perm, Russia, a remote, formerly closed city.
The recording of Cosí Fan Tutti represents an unprecedented commitment by Currentzis and MusicAeterna in terms of preparation, session and postproduction time, to create the best possible sound. The recording embodies a radical new approach to orchestral virtuosity, score fidelity, vocal style and performance practice. His approach to the Mozart score is to undo what he considers the effects of the 20th-century operatic tradition that is focused on simplification and vocal volume. Says Currentzis, "There are so many recordings which convey the general spirit of Mozart's music. The only point in making a new one is to give the audience a chance to hear and learn about all the magic which this score holds."
Cosí Fan Tutte is available as a standard 3-CD set featuring a 300-page bound book that includes tracklist, full libretto and liner notes in a multipack with a slipcase. A Deluxe Edition is also available which includes everything from the standard edition but housed in a deluxe CD-sized case-bound book with a dust jacket and features more extensive liner notes and an enlightening interview with Currentzis.
The Times, 21st November 2014
Wonders keep tumbling out as Lorenzo Da Ponte's absurd libretto rolls on. The orchestra too keeps springing delights...the quirky sound mix certainly keeps you listening with ears cocked, eager to catch every nuance...Kinks and all, if you want a dynamic new Cos8, full of feeling humans rather than puppets, this is still the one to buy.
The Guardian, 20th November 2014
The musical risks only seem occasionally wilful; the orchestral playing is wonderfully alive, and the sense of a score testing the conventions of 18th-century opera buffa (almost to destruction) is everywhere. Whatever one thinks of the individual performances too, there's no doubt that the cast have all bought into Currentzis's self-appointed mission.
Currentzis seems intent on making waves rather than music, with often bizarre tempi and obscure point-making. Yet his cast is superb, especially the young men Kenneth Tarver and Christopher Maltman, with cracking playing from his Perm musicians.
Sunday Times, 1st February 2015
This second instalment of a new Da Ponte trilogy from Perm's opera house will infuriate as much it enthrals. Currentzis's tempi are extremes of fast and slow - the Farewell Quintet and Trio sound languid, rather than balmy; allegro passages are frantic - but he is full of surprises.
BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
There's an undeniably a strong sense of personality to everything the conductor does...Most notable of all is the interventionist nature of the continuo, with the fortepiano, in particular, on the hyperactive side - though arguably always for genuinely expressive reasons. At its best the music simply pulses with life, without a hint of routine.
Recording information: P.I. Tchaikovsky State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Perm, (01/09/2013-01/19/2013).
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588
- Conductor: Teodor Currentzis
- Ensemble: Musicaeterna
- Notes: P.I. Tchaikovsky State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Perm, Russia (01/09/2013-01/19/2013)
- Running Time: 87 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1790