Hadley is the best Ferrando!
Irene Adler | Seattle, WA | 03/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While this is not the best Cosi available, I believe it is competitive with the more celebrated recordings by Bohm and Solti. I think it's far better than the widely-acclaimed and (in my opinion) over-rated Karajan version.
Mackerras' interpretation is certainly very non-offensive, but it's not incrediably memorable, and not as lively or visceral as Solti's. Felicity Lott and Marie McLaughlin's performances are technically sound, but lackluster. Nuccia Focile isn't particularly remarkable as Despina either.
What really makes up for the run-of-the-mill-ness of all those parts is the stellar male cast in this recording. Jerry Hadley is the definitive Ferrando of our time, and Alessandro Corbelli is one of my favorite buffo baritones. Gille Cachemaille's rich tone makes a great worldly Don Alfonso.
To sum it up: though the female cast is relatively weak compared to Bohm's and Solti's recordings, the male cast is by far superior, and that's what makes this recording a must-own for fans in search of the definitive Cosi experience."
Irene Adler | 10/12/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While I admire the live feeling of this studio recording, the cast is nothing to brag about. Come Scoglio sounds terrible, and there's a general lack of perfection here and there. The chorus, however, is wonderful, and I admire the way Mackerras tries to conduct it with historical accuracy- the tempos are a little more brisk, etc. He also shares all the research he has done on this opera with you in an interesting essay."
A well balanced Cosi fan tutte
Irene Adler | 01/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An excellent, wholly appropriate combination of attention to period performance practice without being tied to convention, with the full sonority of modern instruments. A beautiful ensemble performance, skillfully conducted by Mackerras, with a real sense of drama, clearly recorded (all of which is evident in the Don Giovanni by the same team). Enjoy."