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Così fan tutte(2 CD) - Schwarzkopf, Otto, Panerai

Item# 1000000698

Così fan tutte(3 CD)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Release Date: 09/21/1999

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Lisa Otto
Rolando Panerai
Léopold Simoneau
Sesto Bruscantini

Ensemble: Philharmonia Chorus
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Label: EMI Classics


Così fan tutte
The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Così fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love—from the loftiest to the basest—is explored in this extraordinary opera. Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

The opera is set in Naples. With its natural beauty and abundant sunshine, the city became the equivalent of a tourist destination in the 18th century. It has been suggested that the preponderance of woodwinds in the score is meant to evoke the breezy atmosphere of the seashore.


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