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Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Box set


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  • Performer: Felicity Lott, Jerry Hadley, Marie McLaughlin, Alessandro Corbelli
  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B001DDY6YE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ouvertura
2. Act One - N. 1: Terzetto: "La mia Dorabella capace non e"
3. Recitativo: "Fuor la spada!"
4. N. 2: Terzetto: "E la fede delle femmine"
5. Recitativo: "Scioccherie di poeti!"
6. N. 3: Terzetto: "Una bella serenata"
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Disc: 2
1. Recitativo: "Oh, la saria da ridere!"
2. N. 18: Finale: "Ah, che tutta in un momento"
3. "Si mora, si, si mora"
4. "Eccovi il medico"
5. "Dove son?"
6. "Dammi un bacio"
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Disc: 3
1. Recitativo: "Amico, abbiamo vinto!"
2. N. 26: Aria: "Donne mie, la fate a tanti"
3. Recitativo: "In qual fiero contrasto"
4. N. 27: Cavatina: "Tradito, schernito"
5. Recitativo: "Bravo! Questa e costanza!"
6. Recitativo: "Ora vedo che siete"
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Soloists include Felicity Lott, Jerry Hadley, Marie McLaughlin and Alessandro Corbelli.

It captures the vitality and sense of fun that run through the work as well as any. The recorded quality is unusually clear and, carefully nurtured by Mackerras, the delights of Mozart's scoring can readily be heard." - Stanley Sadie, Gramophone, on Telarc's - Cosi fan Tutte Highlights

Personnel:
Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor) Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus

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By Borreh on 28 Feb. 2015
All the treasures in the score can be heard. The coloraturapassages in the ensemblesinging are divine and one can hear every note. Listen to the sextett in the first act.
Its interesting with two sopranos in the main parts. The balance appears different and the expressiveness are apparent all the time.
The finales with despina in disguise gives away for the irony in the plot. The approach to the score is human, unlike Marriners which are more cynical.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey W. Fawcett on 1 Aug. 2009
This performance is stymied by a really dreadful recording, how can any engineer of producer worth their salt have agreed to record in this locale?
Aircraft hangar is too good a description for the accoustic. The performance itself is not up to the competition, although as a fan of Marie McLaughlin I just have to own everything she records, and she does not disappoint. I'm not happy with the other principles at all. The conducting of Sir Charles is good, very good but he needs more involvement from his singers than this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A nearly perfect Cosi 30 Mar. 2011
By J. Wayland Eheart - Published on Amazon.com
I'm partial to Jerry Hadley, who was a local boy from my neck of the woods. He has a particularly sweet voice, which some would say is inappropriate for Ferrando. But if you've heard his Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ferrando is not too much of an extrapolation. I'm not very familiar with the other 5 singers, but they all put in very strong performances. The one exception might be Focile, who, while blessed with a strong and vibrant voice, albeit a little squeaky for the Despina character, doesn't impart all of the clownishness required of the role, although she does a great, if a little fast, "In Umoni." Cachemaille as Alfonso conveys the aura of an eminence grise required of his role. In my opinion, the 4 principal characters are such ditzes, the singers just have to be good at that craft; not much acting is required. Having said that, I note that Lott sings an excellent and heartfelt "Per Pieta" that would elicit "Bravas" in a live performance.

At first listening, I found the tempo of the overture to be a little too fast for my taste, but after getting used to it a bit I grew to like it. This is as good a place as any to assert my oft-repeated theory that we tend to like what we were weaned on, and to reveal that my first Cosi was the 4-LP Angel set with Schwartzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, Taddei, Berry, Steffek, and Bohm. So, faster than Bohm, but not too fast. This may also be why I found Hadley a little too sweet at first listening.

The sound quality is the best I've heard for any Cosi. On a good sound system, it has a slight raspiness around the voices in the baritone through tenor range, but I've noticed this problem on nearly every opera CD I own, including SACD. (The only exceptions are a few discs that use DGG's new 4D technology.) But here, Telarc puts the microphones in the right places, and the mixing, in terms of voice-orchestra and within-orchestra emphasis, is just as I want it to be. Kudos to the unnamed engineer and editor.

I tend to judge all opera recordings by how I feel about the overture and the opening aria or duet. In this case, it's the "La Mia Dorabella" which is right on target, with the punch needed to draw the listener in. In the particular case of Cosi, I also require a good "Bella Vita Militar" and a really emotional "Giusto Ciel" in the last act. This set delivers on all these counts and more (I once threw an LD set in the garbage for such failures). The one exception was that I found the "Stelle, un bacio?" by the girls near the end of the first act to be a little weak. Not that that was their fault; the mixing just wasn't quite right.

There is no libretto (there is a small booklet that gives some of the materials of a full booklet), which is a general downside of the transition from LP to CD, but you can download a nice one from Telarc's website, which has the Italian and English, in .pdf form, which you can then pull up and follow along on your computer whenever you're listening if you don't care to kill all the trees required to print it off.

Apparently, Telarc has published two issues of this set (not including the cheaper 1-disc highlights), whose discs are identical and which have almost identical cover art, but which have two different catalog numbers, and, incredibly, two different prices from vendors that carry both. The generally cheaper one is this one, 80728, which has a label in the upper right hand corner that just says "Telarc" as opposed to "Telarc Digital." Both are DDD, by the way. I established all this through a series of emails with Telarc.

If you're a Cosi fan, you owe it to yourself to get this one, if you don't already have it. You won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An excellent performance - Also available as part of the budget "Great Operas" box set 21 April 2013
By Phil in Magnolia - Published on Amazon.com
Although the price of this performance of Cosi Fan Tutte is already very reasonable by itself here on Amazon, potential purchasers should also be aware that it is included with three other Mozart operas (Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute) in a box set that is presently available for not much more than the cost of this single opera performance - a spectacular value --> Mozart - The Great Operas.

Performers include: Gilles Cachemaille (Don Alfonso), Alessandro Corbelli (Guglielmo), Jerry Hadley (Ferrando), Felicity Lott (Fiordiligi), Nuccia Focile (Despina), Marie McLaughlin (Dorabella); Recorded August 1993, performed in Italian.

Gramophone (April, 1994) concluded their review of this performance by saying "There are no heavy voices in this performance, in fact, and that, with the modest-size orchestra and the alert direction, gives it its individual character. There are others in the catalogue with greater intensity to the singing, and yet others with a higher overall polish; of all operas, Cosi has fared wonderfully on records, and several of the finest versions (the Karajan, the second Bohm) are available on CD, along with some excellent more modern interpretations (such as Sir Colin Davis's), not to mention a couple of superlative period performances (Oestman, Gardiner). This new one has many virtues: it captures the vitality and sense of fun that run through the work as well as any. The recorded quality is unusually clear and, carefully nurtured by Mackerras, the delights of Mozart's scoring can readily be heard."

I've reviewed this opera along with the others under the above referenced box set. It is a very worthwhile performance, and even more worth purchasing when you can receive it along with three other operas for essentially the same price!
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