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Cosi fan tutte (3 CD) - Bartoli, Furlanetto

Item# 190295934804

Cosi fan tutte (3 CD) - Bartoli, Furlanetto
Artists: Cecilia Bartoli, Ferruccio Furlanetto
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Audio CD (September 9, 2016)
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Warner Classics/Parlophone

Mozart’s ‘School for Lovers’ is peopled by a captivating cast of singers, including the bel canto pairing of Lella Cuberli and Cecilia Bartoli as the deceived sisters and John Tomlinson as a Don Alfonso of Wagnerian stature. Daniel Barenboim relishes to the full the interplay of comedy and deeper emotion that makes Così fan tutte so endlessly fascinating.

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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