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Cosi Fan Tutte Comp

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Cosi fan tutte: Ouvertura
2. Cosi fan tutte: Act 1 - Scene 1: La mia Dorabella capace non e
3. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 1: Fuot la spada! Scegliete qual di noi pu vi piace
4. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 1: E la fede delle femmine come l'araba fenice
5. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 1: Scioccherie di poeti!
6. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 1: Una bella serenata far io voglio alla mia dea
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Disc: 2
1. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 3: Che silenzio! Che aspetto di tristezza
2. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 3: Alla bella Despinetta vi presento, amici miei
3. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 3: Che sussurro! Che strepito! Che scompiglio e mai questo?
4. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 3: Temerari! Sortite fuori di questo loco!
5. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 3: Come scoglio immoto resta
6. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 3: Ah, non partite!
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Disc: 3
1. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 2: Barbara! Perche fuggi?
2. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 2: Ah! Lo veggio, quell'anima bella
3. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 2: Ei parte...senti...ah no!
4. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 2: Per pieta, ben mio, perdona all'error
5. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 2: Amico, abbiamo vinto!
6. Cosi fan tutte: Scene 2: Donne mie, la fate a tanti
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This delicately balanced story of two engaged couples who are inveigled into a brief flirtation with infidelity inspired some of the finest music Mozart ever composed. It is often textured with the fine nuances of chamber music, with some particularly delectable woodwind parts, and it progresses from contrived artificiality--when the two men make a rash bet with a friend about the unshakable faithfulness of their fiancées--into intense despair when that fidelity begins to be shaken. There is also slapstick-level comedy. It is all held together under Georg Solti's genial direction, with singing--solo and ensemble--of the highest quality. --Joe McLellan

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3.0 out of 5 stars On the large scale June 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is Mozart done on a very grand opera scale, especially so with the female leads. Fleming and von Otter sing as beautifully and musically as one would expect, but in spirit this performance seems more like Verdi, with the grand gestures and florid vocalization, than my taste for Mozart opera, especially this one, which is with a sense of intimacy. It all depends on how you like it, because for what it is, it is generally quite well done.
Some flaws, though. Solti, no surprise, seems to drive the work along a bit much, and the change in emotional quality in the music is frequently glossed over. While the ladies sound great, only Despina seems really characterized in many ways, and while the gents do a better job of 'acting' in their vocalization, I can't say the really stand out in comparison with other records. For the grand opera manner with still a sense of intimacy there is the incomparable von Karajan recording with Leopold Simoneau as the greatest Ferrando one will hear on record, singing so beautifully that in comparison I can't imagine what others hear to praise in Lopardo. Another wonferful Ferrando is Rainer Trost, with Gardiner's period performance, which also features outstanding work by Rodney Gilfry. Like his set, that one is also a live performance, a fully-staged opera recording, yet with far fewer interruptions for applause after arias, which do create a drag in this set as it goes along. Fine, in general, but not nearly one to listen to consistently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Live' Recording works best! April 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I always prefer 'live' recordings generally to studio recordings. This 'live' performance fizzes all the way through. Kudos to Solti for his inspired direction. Not to mention that the cast is fantastic. The standouts are Fleming & Lopardo. Enjoy it!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, really? Dec 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I would hardly call Fleming "the most acclaimed Mozart soprano around." She has a gorgeous instrument and seems to be a very knowledgable technician, but so far I still listen first to Jurinac, Janowitz, TeKanawa, Schwarzkopf, to name four, in Mozart. This would certainly be a choice, but not my first choice. But I don't mean to pick on her, just the reviewer; I like many things she has recorded. But the Bohm Cosi/Figaro/Giovanni/etc. are still out there for a reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un des plus grands Così en stéréo July 30 2011
By Pèire Cotó TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
On peut être gêné de mettre 5 étoiles à Karajan (il en faudrait 6) et à Solti. Cette version assez récente (1994), enregistrée en public, n'a pas l'ambiguïté ironique du miracle réalisé en 1954 par Karajan, les chanteurs ne sont pas toujours assez différenciés comme il l'étaient dans cette dernière version, bien que généralement excellents, ils n'ont pas autant de personnalité et, même si Solti a su se remettre en question à la fin de sa vie, sa baguette reste un peu péremptoire pour cet opéra où il doit y avoir toujours autre chose derrière ce qui est dit et ce qui apparait. Les cinq étoiles sont donc là pour saluer la meilleure, ou une des meilleures, versions du chef-d'oeuvre en haute fidélité, certes inférieure à l'inapprochable merveille de 1954, mais aussi bien plus adaptée au goût des auditeurs habitués à la technique moderne.

D'ailleurs l'énergie un peu unidimensionnelle des interventions de l'orchestre contribue à la vie théâtrale de cet enregistrement, à une griserie au premier degré. C'est en cela que, moins parfaite, moins léchée que celle de Böhm en 1962, d'ailleurs c'eût été impossible hors du studio, cette version est bien plus vivante et joyeuse. On appréciera la netteté, on regrettera peut être l'absence d'alanguissements ou de respirations qui auraient donné sa part au doute, au second degré, sans laquelle aucun Cosi n'est vraiment ce qu'il doit être.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not just Fleming's show Dec 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is not just Fleming's show. Everyone is terrific.
1. Solti's conducting is exciting.
2. The cast is superb
Lopardo and Fleming are the stand-outs in an already outstanding cast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, maybe in a pinch Dec 23 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Do yourself a giant favor and try Bohm's version first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Solti's Figaro, Oct. 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you like Solti's Figaro, wait till you hear his Cosi Fan Tutte!! You'll like it even more than his Figaro. His Cosi Fan Tutte has that extra sparkle and fun that eluded even his Figaro. One factor is that the orchestral contribution here is more pronounced than his Figaro. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe is simply superb, and plays with frighteningly precise ensemble. The violins are so sweet and the woodwinds are peerless. But the orchestra is not all. The cast here is fabulous. The biggest star is no doubt Renee Fleming, with her ravishing and secure soprano voice all the way up to the high B's of her freakishly difficult arias with wide and awkward interval leaps, and a huge range of more than 2 octaves. The other star is Lopardo, who is arguably the best Ferrando on record. The rest of the cast is outstanding. If you like Solti's Le Nozze Di Figaro, you must get his Cosi Fan Tutte. After listening to this, I now prefer Cosi Fan Tutte over the more famous Le Nozze Di Figaro!!
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