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Mozart: Così fan tutte Box set

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  • Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Hanny Steffek, Alfredo Kraus
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Great Recordings of the Century
  • ASIN: B00004U0C8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture
  2. La Mia Dorabella Capace Non È
  3. Fuor La Spada
  4. E La Fede Delle Femmine
  5. Scioccherie Di Poeti!
  6. Una Bella Serenata
  7. Ah, Guarda, Sorella
  8. Mi Par Che Stamattina
  9. Barbaro Fato!... Vorrei Dir, E Cor Non Ho
  10. Stelle! Per Carità, Signor Alfonso
  11. Sento, Oddio, Che Questo Piede
  12. La Commedia E Graziosa
  13. Bella Vita Militar!
  14. Non V'e Piu Tempo
  15. Muoio D'affano!... Di Scrivermi Ogni Giorno
  16. Bella Vita Militar!
  17. Dove Son?
  18. Soave Sia Il Vento
  19. Non Son Cattivo Comico
  20. Che Vita Maledetta
  21. Ah, Scostati!
  22. Smanie Implacabili Che M'agitate
  23. Signora Dorabella, Signora Fiordiligi
  24. In Uomini, in Soldati Sperare Fedeltà
  25. Che Silenzio! Che Aspetto Di Tristezza
  26. Alla Bella Despinetta
  27. Che Sussurro! Che Strepito!
  28. L'intatta fede
  29. Come Scoglio Immoto Resta
  30. Ah, Non Partite!
  31. Non Siate Ritrosi
  32. E Voi Ridete?
  33. Le cagion di quel riso?
  34. Un'aura amorosa de lnostro tesoro

Disc: 2

  1. Ah, Che Tutto in Un Momento
  2. Ah, che del sole il raggio
  3. Eccovi Il Medico
  4. Dove Son? Che Loco È Questo
  5. Dammi Un Bacio, O Mio Tesoro
  6. Madame... trattar l'amore
  7. Una Donna a Quindici Anni
  8. Sorella, Cosa Dici?
  9. Prendero Quel Brunettino
  10. Secondate, Aurette Amiche
  11. Cos'è Tal Mascherata?
  12. La Mano a Me Date
  13. Il Core Vi Dono
  14. Barbara, Perché Fuggi?
  15. Ei Parte... Senti... Ah No!
  16. Per Pieta, Ben Mio, Perdona
  17. Amico, Abbiamo Vinto!
  18. Donne Mie, La Fate a Tanti a Tanti
  19. In Qual Fiero Contrasto
  20. Tradito, Schernito

Disc: 3

  1. Ora Vedo Che Siete Una Donna Di Garbo
  2. E Amore Un Ladroncello
  3. Come tutto congiura
  4. Fra Gli Amplessi in Pochi Istanti
  5. Ah, poveretto me, cosa ho veduto!
  6. Tutti Accusan Le Donne
  7. Fate Presto, O Cari Amici
  8. Benedetti I Doppi Coniugi
  9. E Nel Tuo, Nel Mio Bicchiero
  10. Miei Signori, Tutto E Fatto
  11. Bella Vita Militar!
  12. Richiamata da regio contrordine
  13. Ah, Signor, Son Rea Di Morte
  14. Fortunato L'uom Che Prende

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If it is slightly unusual to have 2 recordings of the same opera by the same conductor in the shops 30 years after they were recorded, it is ever more rare to find 3. Karl Bohm’s expertise as a Mozartian conductor amply justifies this extravagance, and of his 3 recordings, this is his best. The overwhelming impression the recording leaves is one of sympathetic tempi. Bohm could never be accused of rushing Mozart, and to some tastes, he may seem a little slow. For my taste however, a more relaxed tempi allows every nuance and phrase to be articulated correctly, and so great is his control over Philharmonia Orchestra that this recording is a near flawless appreciation of Mozart’s phrasing genius.
Recorded in 1962, it has the advantage of capturing the finest cast on any recording. Fiordiligi was one of Schwarzkopf’s most famous roles, and her interpretation is glorious. She brought her considerable lyrical Lieder experience to the role, and her control and warmth of tone wouldn’t suggest that she was nearing the end of her performing (if not recording) career. Dorabella, musically, draws the short straw, with all the biggest and best pieces taken by her sister, but Ludwig prevents the role being seen as merely an also-ran to Fiordiligi. She was a musician of great talent, and, having sung opposite Schwarzkopf for the best part of the preceding 10 years, their voices blend so well as almost to convince one that they were sisters. Fiordiligi’s suitor Ferrando was played at short notice by Alfredo Kraus who shows, in one of his earliest recordings, why he would become one of the finest lyrical tenors of the next 20 years. In an opera absolutely filled with deceit, we are as convinced as Fiordiligi over his protestations of affection in "Fra gli amplessi".
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This was the first complete Mozart opera I ever bought and it was through this version that I learned to love it; it remains my favourite Mozart opera by virtue of the sheer beauty of the score and the subtle wit which pervades its ostensibly sexist libretto. Böhm's earlier studio recording in excellent stereo is commendable, especially for Lisa della Casa's Fiordiligi and of course Christa Ludwig's first Dorabella, but some of the Italian, apart from della Casa's, obviously, is horribly Germanic and I don't think the men are as elegant; this 1962 recording, however, was blessed and for many remains unsurpassed.

Oddly enough, I don't especially like either Elisabeth Schwarzkopf or Alfredo Kraus in other repertoire, but here her patrician archness and pellucid technique are perfect for depicting the prim Fiordiligi and his slightly reedy, delicate tones are just right for suggesting Ferrando's starchy smugness before the teenage Angst of his rude awakening. Ludwig is of course delightful: warm and passionate of voice. Taddei is a sharp, biting, vocally acute Guglielmo and Berry's knowing, cynical humorousness as Don Alfonso is ideal. Hanny Steffek makes a pert, funny Despina. Furthermore, all their voices combine ideally, so ensembles are a joy, especially the famous "Soave sia il vento" and the sublime Brindisi quartet.

Böhm's pacing is just so for extracting the comedy and the orchestra's playing is impeccably stylish. OK; there are one or two ugly tape joins - notably thirty seconds into "Fra gli amplessi" - but otherwise the early stereo sound is beautifully clear and balanced. If you love this opera as I do but don't have this version in your collection, you should.
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A recommendation by Ralph Moore ought to be enough; without a doubt the most learned and insightful reviewer on Amazon. But just to add to the praise of this recording.

For those particularly fussed about recording quality, this production is outstanding for clarity and sense of space.

Singers: no weaknesses and Schwartzkopf is a fine Fiordiligi. Despina is played for laughs and, after all this is a comedy, albeit one with its dark side. Is it really so hilarious to have your girlfriend fall for your best friend?

Undoubtedly Mozart's finest opera and this recording is currently the finest.
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Just a few words from an experienced operagoer and record collector: This is definitly the best recording of this opera ever made!
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No doubt, Böhm knew his Mozart. Although not the "modern" Mozart playing we hear today, it's full of life.
And the singers...
Schwarzkopf is absolutely stunning, even better than in the -54 Karajan recording. Ludwig and Taddei are very good in their parts. Kraus is a dramatic Ferrando, maybe a bit too dramatic sometimes. Berry is delivering a superb interpretation of Don Alfonso - with humour and wit. The way he is using small changes of the voice makes it a pure joy everytime he is on "stage"
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