Good Bang for the Bucks
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This complete performance of Cosi is one of my favorites and bears repeated listening. The conductor rushes the overture but soon settles down to a well shaped performance. The orchestra, while not totally top drawer plays nicely and gives the listener no regrets. Boroska is fine Fiordigli,elegant and vunerable; the mezzo slightly ungainly but with a nice dramatic sense and a fine sound to her voice. The men are well taken. The real star is Priti Coles, a Despina who ranks with the best. At under 20.00 this is a fine set for the person who is just starting, wants an alternative to the better known sets or indeed wants just one."
Not a good recording
Liesha | 12/12/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Don't be tempted by the low price- this is not a good
recording of mozart's charming opera.
The conducter and orchestra are second-rate, and the cast
Joanna Borowska (fiordeligi) Priti coles (despina) and Peter
Mikulas (alfonso) are quite good if not great, Andreas
Martin is only mediocre. Rohangiz Yachmi (dorabella) has
a strange mezzo-soprano and John Dickie is probably the
worst ferando in the discography.
If you're looking for a budget-price recording of "cosi"
there are much better versions- the Karl Bohm (on decca), De-Billy ( arte-nova) or Kuijken (brillant classics)"