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Best of the Complete Mozart Edition, Vol.24

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Sir Colin Davis , Covent Garden Royal Opera House Chorus , Covent Garden Royal Opera House Orchestra , Montserrat Caballé , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé, Dame Janet Baker, Ileana Cotrubas, Nicolai Gedda
  • Orchestra: Covent Garden Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent Garden Royal Opera House Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (23 Oct 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Complete Mozart Edition
  • ASIN: B00002618C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture - Orch, Chor of Royal Opera House
2. Act 1: 'La mia Dorabella' - Gedda/Ganzarolli/van Allan
3. Act 1: 'Ah, guarda sorella' - Montserrat Caballe/Janet Baker
4. Act 1: 'Vorrei dir, e cor non ho' - Richard van Allan
5. Act 1: 'Sento, o Dio, Che questo piede' - Ganzarolli/Gedda/van Allan/Caballe/Baker
6. Act 1: 'Di scrivermi ogni giorno'-'Bella vita militar' - Caballe/Baker/Ganzarolli/Gedda/van Allan
7. Act 1: 'Soave sia il vento' - Caballe/Baker/van Allan
8. Act 1: 'Ah, scostati!'-'Smanie implacabili' - Janet Baker
9. Act 1: 'In uomini, in soldati' - Ileana Cotrubas
10. Act 1: 'Alla bella Despinetta' - van Allan/Gedda/Ganzarolli/Cotrubas/Caballe/Baker
11. Act 1: 'Come scoglio' - Montserrat Caballe/
12. Act 1: 'Non siate ritrosi' - Wladimiro Ganzarolli
13. Act 1: 'E voi ridete' - van Allan/Gedda/Ganzarolli
14. Act 1: 'Un'aura amorosa' - Nicolai Gedda
15. Act 2: 'Una donna a quindici anni' - Ileana Cotrubas
16. Act 2: 'Prendero quel brunettino' - Janet Baker/Montserrat Caballe
17. Act 2: 'La mano a me date' - van Allan/Gedda/Ganzarolli/Cotrubas
18. Act 2: 'Il core vi dono' - Wladimiro Ganzarolli/Janet Baker
19. Act 2: 'Per pieta, ben mio, perdona' - Montserrat Caballe
20. Act 2: 'Donne mie, la fate a tanti' - Wladimiro Ganzarolli
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Mozart/Du Ponte Opera of them all 20 Jun 2013
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All Mozart/Du Ponte Operas are Masterpieces,but this one is the Best.Colin Davis was a Natural Mozart Conductor,and the Caballe/Baker Combination gives this particular recording the Crown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caballe singing Cosi 30 Oct 2013
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Sometimes I feel as if I am thırsty for Cosi! I have several versions of it and when I came across Caballe singing Fiordiligi it was a true feast! Although only highlights, this revival of a 1974 recording of Cosi made me happy,
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN ASSEMBLY OF ENSEMBLES 17 July 1999
By Shawn Chua - Published on Amazon.com
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Cosi being the last of Mozart's operas in collaboration with da Ponte, it has some of the most heaven-sent music set to a witty libretto, however the theme of infidelity did not go down well in its history to date. But here, we have a performance of such intensity and profundity, played and sung to perfection, it is hard to resist temptation.
Fiordiligi is perhaps the Mozart role every soprano dreams of singing. Two great arias to win the crowds over with, and major contributions in incisive and witty ensembles and suspense-filled finales, Fiordiligi is a demanding role. However, no other role is as rewarding. The music is gorgeous, possibly Mozart's best.
Caballe's reading of Fiordiligi shows us the ideal when a singer is perfectly in synchronisation with the character and is suited to a role. Her singing harks back to an era gone by, of musical intellect, of profound understanding, of inate musicality and unparalled technical prowess. Her gloriously sung Fiordiligi is aided and abetted by her beautiful voice, pouring forth note after note and phrase after phrase of sublime molten gold.
In the test aria, Come scoglio", she works around the technicalities and hurdles of the piece and delivers an effortlessly accomplished and beautiful redition. "Per pieta" shows her to further advantage where she excels in her long-breathed phrasing of the music with her trademark piano singing.
With Dame Janet Baker as Dorabella, this performance gains yet another asset. Her foundation in Mozart is as good as it gets, with her intense potrait of Dorabella compared to Caballe's more bouyant Fiordiligi. She sings with that dark-toned voice of great beauty and intensity that results in one of the best pairings of the sisters on record.
The role of the lovers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, are taken by Nicolai Gedda and Wladimiro Ganzarolli. Gedda gives a refined reading of "Un aura amorosa" and wins us over with his Ferrando. On the other hand, the smug Guglielmo is sung by Ganzarolli who sings with aplomb and gusto.
As an ensemble opera, all the six characters are important and bear the success of the opera on their shoulders. Ileana Cotrubas as Despina gives an impassioned performance and her inpersonations of the doctor and the notary are given delightful voices. As the cynical Don Alfonso, Richard Van Allan gives the old philosopher a character well-fleshed out.
This recording is one of the most beautifully sung and well recorded. The ensembles show all the principles singing with understanding of the roles. The Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Sir Colin Davis with the accompaniment of John Constable completes the picture. A picture of a recording that is a worthy addition to any opera library. Mozart would have loved this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sails far past every other available Cosi... 16 Mar 2001
By LuelCanyon - Published on Amazon.com
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I so agree with the last reviewer! As to another reviewer's dissertation on what constitues a "Mozart singer", hogwash! Montserrat Caballe failing to understand at every moment that she is singing Mozart? Hogwash! A 'Mozart singer' is like every other 'singer' - you got it or you ain't; the rest is intellectual preening and has nothing to do with genuine operatic art. And what singing this is - a Cosi to treasure! Mozart's ensemble writing in this opera surpasses that of his other operas, and Baker, Cotrubas and Caballe find an emotional perfection in the rendering that alters the earth's orbit! I've not heard another Cosi like it since Cotrubas' earlier recording with von Stade and Stratas. I also have the Harmonia Mundi recording and find it mundane by comparison. Veronique Gens has fioriture up her sleeve; she can pull it out, but she sings with the emotional depth of a teenager. Hers is a vocal aesthetic for Lully or Rameau, but not Bach, and certainly Mozart suggests that more consolidation of resources is necessary. Why not hire David Bowie for the role? -might as well. What is more 'stylish' than the musicianship these peerless singers and musicians bring to this surpassing Cosi? Please not Rene Jacobs' arcane treatment of the score, though I do admire the Cologne orchestra, particularly the weight of the strings, but that too cerebral 'informed classicism' always sticks its little notebook up into the musical air. Colin Davis rivals his own Tosca (also with Caballe) in this recording. The Covent Garden forces shine under his watch, even more, they consistently reach into themselves and deep into Mozart, deep into the opera - an attribute I would not ordinarily ascribe to this opera orchestra and chorus. Nicolai Gedda will probably die still insufficiently revered, he is one of the supreme artists of our time, or any time; he is as desirable an actor as he is miraculous singer. Even now, as things fall apart, he remains the present heart of any opera ensemble. His artistry burnishes this recording to a glow. Get this recording - it really has no rival at present.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ASSEMBLY OF ENSEMBLES 15 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Buy this recording for Montserrat Caballe in her only recorded Mozart role. Cosi fan tutte is the last of the Mozart/da Ponte operas and despite having some of the most heaven-sent music set to a good libretto, the theme of infidelity did not go down well when it was premiered. However, when infidelity is performed as such, it is difficult not to lead to temptation. As Fiordiligi, Caballe shows us the ideal when a singer is perfectly suited to a role. Her singing harks of musical intellect and a profound understanding of the role. Her glorious interpretation is aided and abetted by her beautiful voice as she sings "Come scoglio" and "Per pieta" unlike no one else is capable of doing so. With Dame Janet Baker as Dorabella, Nicolai Gedda as Ferrando and Wladimiro Ganzarolli as Guglielmo, the four of them render this recording one of the most beautifully sung and well recorded. This recording scores with its ensembles that show the understanding of the roles by the cast as well as their cooperatio. Under the baton of Sir Colin Davis with the Royal Opera House and the accompaniment of John Constable on the cembalo, this complete recording is a worthy addition and supplement to the Bohm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublime music, sublime voices 9 Feb 2001
By Roger W. Davenport - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read the previous reviews of this recording that I have listened to many, many times. Despite the niggling complaints and stylistic preferences (common problems in opera fanatics) this recording has Caballe and Baker and you can search the catalog as well as the world's opera stages and never find and more beautiful pair of voices; Cotrubas' Despina is in her tradition of breathtaking lyric soprano roles; and Gedda is his usual lustrous self. As to the conducting, there is no better Mozart conductor living today than Colin Davis (pity that James Levine doesn't engage him at the Met but maybe he's afraid of hearing what Opera really is: singing with orchestral accompaniment!") His only rival, ever, was Bohm. Since Mr. Bohm is no longer with us,listen to some of his symphonic or operatic recordings and then feast on Mr. Davis and this recording--this is MOZART played and sung as it should be. There will be no rival to this recording for many, many opera seasons.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid mozart 30 Oct 1999
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This is a magnificient performance of Cosi Fan Tutte, greats Montserrat Caballe and Nicolai Gedda (fine and beautiful singing), Janet Baker (a great and refined mozartian singer), and Ileana Cotrubas (very intelligent and interesting interpretation). Waldimiro Ganzarolli and Richard Van Allan are suitables in their respective roles. Colin Davis is (together with Karajan, Bohm, Furtwangler and Solti) one of the greatest mozartian directors of the century.
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