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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recording, 26 April 2013
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This review is from: Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Audio CD)
But I would have like a more comprehensive libretto. First act trio is just gorgeous with the baritone beautifully supporting the sopranos and not competing with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonder - and an Absolute Bargain, 7 Jan 2012
This review is from: Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Audio CD)
'Cosi Fan Tutte' may not have as many unforgettable arias as 'Figaro', 'Don Giovanni'or 'Magic Flute' but it could arguably be called Mozart's greatest opera for the sheer euphonious beauty of its music and its smoothly moving plot, which though on the face of it may seem absurd - two boyfriends each trying to pass himself off as the other to woo the other's girlfriend, in fact a form of wife-swapping - like other Mozart operas remains relevant today, particularly in the cynicism involved and the resulting pain. The great Mozart scholar Robbins Landon has likened the work to Chloderos de Laclos's novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", though the characters there are more vicious and unscrupulous than Mozart's, or so it seems to me.

This opera requires characterful singers to make it convincing and to avoid the music's sounding bland in its sheer beauty. The same goes for the orchestral playing. There is no lack of characterization here: all the singers act well with the voice and are easily distinguishable one from the other. The woodwind soloists, so important in this score, play with great beauty and personality and also blend magically with the strings where required. There are many magical moments when time seems to stand still. For these we must thank the great Sir Georg Solti, who knows exactly when to keep the music moving, bubbling along, and when to relax. This reissue and remastering, made to celebrate the maestro's centenary, is an outstanding example of his art and of his dedication to his favourite composer.

The audience in the Festival Hall is wildly enthusiastic, but without breaking into the music. Elsewhere it behaves perfectly. It is surprising how warm the sound is in the usually dry acoustic of the Festival Hall. The balance between singers and orchestra is perfect. My one regret is that I was not there on the night. After a first playing of the CDs, I was so elated that I played them right through again - and that is a rare occurrence and further confirmation of the triumph of this recording.
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