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Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Muti, Marshall, Murray, Araiza [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This DVD presents a staging of Cosi fan tutte performed at the Salzburg Festival performed in 1983. Acclaimed by both the general public and international critics, the production has become a staple at the Salzburg Festival and is hugely popular with audiences. Performances by a team of international soloists and the Vienna Philharmonic make this a definitive, must-see performance.

MusicWeb International
Albeit in old style 4:3 format, this 1983 Salzburg Festival traditional production of Così fan tutte, with its elegant costumes and set alongside quality singing realises the intention of Da Ponte's story and Mozart's music as few other more modern ones do.

MusicWeb International
The ensembles and recitatives are well handled by Muti, along with the soloists. But the strengths of this performance which set it apart and mark it out from the many other varied interpretations available, are the sets, costumes and production. These are true to Da Ponte's and Mozart's creation. The booklet has a fully detailed Chapter summary for each of the two DVDs, complete with aria, recitative and ensemble titles and timings. There is also an informed article about Cos8 fan tutte at Salzburg given in English. German and French.

One significant drawback to this set is the recorded sound of the singers; the balance is noticeably recessed and they all sound overly resonant. This can be corrected to some degree by frequency controls on the stereo receiver. The orchestra, by contrast, sounds very good, even if it overwhelms the voices in a few spots. Sets and costumes are traditional and richly appointed, finely evocative of the opera's summery Mediterranean setting.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 188 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588
  • Performers: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); James Morris (Baritone); Margaret Marshall (Soprano); Kathleen Battle (Soprano); Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1790