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Mozart: Cosi fan tutte -- Berlin/Barenboim [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Dorothea Röschmann, Katherina Kammerloher, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Werner Güra, Daniela Bruera
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Writers: Lorenzo da Ponte
  • Producers: Paul Smaczny
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Tdk Mediactive
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 179 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C084D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,848 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fiordiligi -- Dorothea Roschmann
Dorabella -- Katharina Kammerloher
Guglielmo -- Hanno Muller-Brachmann
Ferrando -- Werner Gura
Despina -- Daniela Bruera
Don Alfonso -- Roman Trekel
Chorus of the Deutschen Staatsoper, Berlin
Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Review

Daniel Barenboim is here at his best,conducting a penetrating,idiomatic account of this astonishing score,and never missing a chance for pathos or wit. Dorothea Roschmann is electrifying. Performance **** Picture and Sound **** --BBC Music Magazine,August 2010

In the pit,Daniel Barenboim chooses preditictably unhurried tempi and is keenly responsive to the music's wit.All six soloists are personable and throw themselves eagerly into Dorrie's 1970 revamp. --Gramophone,Dec'10 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
My heart sank when I realized that this was a 1960s version of Così but I quickly realized that it was a clever idea on director Doris Dörrie's part. The 1960s were a period of unprecedented sexual liberation and Mozart and Da Ponti's opera about near-wife swapping fits comfortably into it. The sets and costumes are brilliantly evocative of the period. I remember wearing a blue mohair suit like Don Alfonso's, but I don't remember wearing a brown trilby with it. I can also remember my girlfriend wearing a miniskirt with at zip up the front, just like Fiordiligi's. The sets too are evocative: I particularly liked the telephone and television in red plastic.

The opera opens in an airport departure lounge Guglielmo and Ferrando are about to fly off on business when they place their bet with Don Alfonso, played here not as an old man but as a colleague of about the same age. I enjoyed the dollybird air hostesses (that's what they were called in those days) and the mock sword-fights with umbrellas.

The two men return as hippies to woo each others' fiancées. There is no suggestion in this production that Fiordiligi and Dorabella recognize their suitors but they quickly yield to their advances. Guglielmo removes Dorabella's bra rather than her locket as proof that she has betrayed Ferrando. Ferrando returns from his assignation with Fiordiligi contentedly zipping up his fly. At the end of the opera everyone returns cheerfully to their own lover with none of the tension that one sometimes finds in this opera. There is more emphasis on comedy than the usual pathos in these scenes and, for once, one gets the impression that Da Ponti, the librettist, is getting the upper hand over Mozart the composer.

All six performers are in top form and the four lovers are well delineated so that the audience does not get confused as to who is wooing who, as can sometimes be the case. The whole thing is briskly conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2008
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Cosi fan Tutte contains some of the most sublime music Mozart wrote but with a ridiculous wafer thin plot and l have longed for someone to create a new libretto.

This performance updating the action to the flower power period is bright and sprightly, and far more important the modern setting enables a wide variety of comic elements to be introduced that are impossible with a period setting and costumes.

The opening scene is set in an airport terminal, and the remainder of the opera in a lavish apartment opening onto a garden.

Fortunately this brilliant update includes Barenboim conducting, and an excellent cast.

An essential modern update that cannot be recommended enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Jones on 9 May 2007
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I have been stung into action by the previous review of this set. Contrary to Mr Kuerti's opinion, I have to say I found this performance first-rate, musically and dramatically.

Updating the action of operas is so commonplace nowadays as to be half-expected, and I for one do not mind as long as there is a coherent reason for this. What is more important for me is that the integrity of the piece is maintained, and it is here that many directors fall on their faces. Here, the opera is set in the 1960s with the protagonists go-getting middle class mods, the jetsetting men in sharp suits and porkpie hats, their girlfriends resplendent in Mary Quant minidresses. What could be neater than the two men's transformation into hippie visions for Act 2? That is the concept for this production, and once established the story is allowed to progress exactly as Da Ponte wrote it.

Musically, this production is superb. All the cast are excellent, with Dorothea Röschmann giving a deeply moving and human performance as Fiordiligi.

I urge you to buy this. Yes, there is stage business during the overture but I, personally, did not find it jarring, and the remainder of the piece more than makes up for it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Pieters on 1 July 2007
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I find traditional stagings of Cosi fan tutte difficult. The girls are maliciously tricked because of the bet of there boyfriends. There naivity is shocking. In the end the boyfriends seem to win, but they are realy the ones to blame. They play without consideration with the love of there fiancees. But there are no obvious reasons why the girls give in to the strangers if they are happy with there lives.

In this staging it is clear the girls aren't quity happy in there middle-class role, being the fiancees of businessmen who put there work first. They live up in the flower power movement and are aware there is much more to life. In the end they see there mistake, but are not willing to pick up there old role. This makes the girls not just foolish toys, but gives depth to there personalities. You can feel with them.

In this performance there is lots of humour. Don Alfonso bribing everyone including the conductor. Dorabella seducing the conductor. Guglielmo accusing the female visitors in the audience and pointing them out with a flashlight.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anton Kuerti on 19 Feb. 2007
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This production is typical of the idiocy and the crass bad taste that prevails in so many German opera houses today. I was unable to watch more than 15 minutes of this travesty. Already during the overture one irrelevant, distracting visual after another made a mockery of Mozart's glorious music, showing irritating scenes including one in which someone was apparently being raped. Mozart is incomparably more interesting than all this capricious, pretentious and offensive attempt to prove the director's "originality". When the first scene started at a busy airline counter and the two lovers in business suits were for some hare-brained reason pummeling each other with umbrellas, I had enough. What a pitiful waste of money and talent to turn this touching masterpiece into something so crude and meaningless. It is astonishing that great musicians like Barenboim will allow their work to be used in this demeaning way.
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