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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb production even better in Blu-ray, 21 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
This is a very fine version of this opera. The casting is excellent combining four believably young and attractive principal singers who are all capable of good acting as well as singing. The rest of the cast is equally good. The staging and costuming is also believable - no sign of Eurotrash here!

This is not the only version of this opera that I own/have owned. Another equally fine but different version worth exploring is the version conducted by Welser-Most, also in excellent Blu-ray. An older performance of good musical pedigree is that conducted by Gardiner but the technical standard of the recording now shows its age and has neither the visual or sonic clarity of modern Blu-rays.

The recording of this Glyndebourne production is very fine combining excellent sonics with sympathetic and involving camera work. I have not been able to detect any lack of synchronisation as mentioned by one other reviewer and I would normally find this an impossible problem if it were present. I therefore think it can safely be ignored.

This is a very highly recommendable version - but so too is the one by Welser-Most. They could be seen to be complementary. The answer to this dilemma - buy both!

Further comment - I have found this DVD disc to be so sufficiently rewarding in terms of both musical values and recording values, sound and vision combined, that I have since sold it and replaced it with the Blu-ray version. Significantly, I have not regretted this additional investment as the Blu-ray version brings all the advantages of the expected additional recorded clarity at all levels and would be my primary recommendation.
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I. Giles
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