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Cosi Fan Tutte (3 CD)

Item# 1000005972

Cosi Fan Tutte (3 CD)
Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa, Agnes Baltsa, Daniela Mazzucato, Stuart Burrows, Thomas Allen
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Colin Davis
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Audio CD (October 26, 2010)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Box set, Live
Label: Opus Arte

Mozart specialist Colin Davis directs an exceptional recording of this witty, sophisticated,compact, comic opera. The superlative cast, including a stellar Kiri Te Kanawa, and the excellent orchestra respond to Davis`s finely polished account of the score, deftly balancing the humanity, irony, pain and humour of Da Ponte`s complex battle of the sexes. Packaged in an attractive clamshell box with full libretto online.
Recorded at the Royal Opera House, London, 27 January 1981.

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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