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Mozart: Così Fan Tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Karl Bohm, Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra
Mozart: Cosė Fan Tutte
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (34) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #3

In this recording, given a cast in which he has confidence, Karl Boehm lets the singers take a strong role in shaping this performance--a risky choice because Cosi depends on ensemble work more than virtually any other ope...  more »

     
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In this recording, given a cast in which he has confidence, Karl Boehm lets the singers take a strong role in shaping this performance--a risky choice because Cosi depends on ensemble work more than virtually any other opera. It works beautifully, particularly in the case of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Christa Ludwig, who blend their voices and work off one another as though they really are sisters. Schwarzkopf's tendency to touches of archness and artificiality happens to be perfectly suited to the character of Fiordiligi. The men in the cast are a shade below the high standards set by Schwarzkopf and Ludwig, but they work together effectively. --Joe McLellan

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A Timeless Classic
shengqi@yahoo.com | Singapore | 12/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cosi fan tutte is something special amongst the three opera buffa on which Mozart collaborated with Da Ponte. In this opera of 6 characters, Mozart explored the frailty of human nature with a sure and masterly touch. In addition, it contains some of the most sensuous and sheerly beautiful music that he ever wrote, with delightful scorings for woodwinds! Karl Bohm realised the bitter-sweetness of the work to the full and he brought out nearly all the wonders of this marvellous score with real affection. Furthermore, he worked with a cast that is near-ideal and could hardly ever be bettered. The important ensembles were excellently done, with the singers utterly responsive to each other. Altogether, this is a magnificent achievement. It has been rightly lauded by many critics as THE first choice. Hopefully, EMI might consider re-master the recording and reissued it in their 'Great Recording of the Century series'. It is already in the pantheon of great performances."
Comment, not a review
shengqi@yahoo.com | 09/16/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album comes with the Italian libretto only (no translation)."
THE reference and benchmark
shengqi@yahoo.com | 11/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Despite your preferences for alternate performances or recordings, any true opera lover must have this in his or her library, for it would be the poorer without it. This great recording, lovingly conducted by Karl Bohm, a true Mozartian in every sense, is an apt representation of Mozart's last comic opera. With perhaps music at the acme of perfection, this is sung to perfection by the cast of singers, all lending their names and voices to the success of the recording. The best sisters to be found, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Christa Ludwig as Fiordiligi and Dorabella, show just why their partnership in many operas over the years has paid off. Two voices, one heart might not be far in putting the stamp of approval on their singing. The ever-stylish Alfredo Kraus effortlessly sings Ferrando's test aria, Un aura amorosa, and brings off the pathos and longing of the melody. Giuseppe Tadei as Guglielmo is one we would love to hate and would hate to love. Thereby showing his utter absorbsion of the role. Walter Berry gives a dignified rendition of Don Alfonso and is paired with Hanny Steffek as Despina to hatch their plot. Karl Bohm strings this performance together with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus a shining example of what can be achieved under a great conductor who has the music in his blood. A Cosi for all opera libraries, this is reference and benchmark recording that all others will be compared against. If you do not have it, go get yours now!"