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Mozart: Così fan tutte
 
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Mozart: Così fan tutte

18 Jan. 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1955
  • Release Date: 18 Jan. 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:25:41
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  • ASIN: B001N5DLP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,860 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
SOURCE:
1955 studio recording made at the Redoutensaal, Vienna.

SOUND:
This was a state-of-the-art recording at the very beginning of the stereo era. As stereo players were still few and far between in 1955, it was originally issued on Lp in two versions, mono and stereo. The old Lp mono version--in what was then called "high fidelity"--easily held its own against stereo versions of the 1960s and 70s. The digital remastering of this stereo version appears to have taken place in 1999 and, so far as I am concerned, was highly successful.

CAST:
Fiordiligi - Lisa della Casa
Dorabella - Christa Ludwig
Ferrando - Anton Dermota
Guglielmo - Erich Kunz
Don Alfonso - Paul Schoeffler
Despina - Emmy Loose

CONDCTOR:
Karl Boehm with the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Wiener Staatsopernchor.

TEXT:
This performance reflects the standard performing edition in use at the time it was recorded. Subsequent recordings have restored most cuts and frankly, in my opinion, have not been substantially enhanced by the restorations. Those of you who take a completist stance, feel free to disagree vehemently.

DOCUMENTATION:
Barebones. No libretto. Summary of the plot keyed to the track listings. A "fact file" presents odds and ends about the history of the opera. Track list with timings.

FORMAT:
Disk 1 - Act I, tracks 1-22; 74:30.
Disk 2 - Act I (continued), tracks 1-2; Act II, tracks 3-19; 68:24.

COMMENTARY:
A casual look at the catalogue suggests that Karl Boehm devoted every alternate weekend to recording yet another Mozart opera. This is the first of his recorded versions of "Cosi fan tutte." For all intents and purposes it is his forgotten Mozart opera.
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This is a lovely vintage recording, arguably superior to Bohm's later account on EMI. The singing is beautiful, and the orchestra superb. Bohm's reading is measured but well-paced.

Contrary to the misinformation given in the first review on this page, this Decca recording was made in 1955 (NOT 1951).

The recording is one of the very first to be made in stereo. The sound is not up to modern standards, but is far ahead of other recordings made at the time. The orchestral strings sound rather thin at times, and the singers appear to be very closely mic-ed, but the wonderful performances far outweigh any shortcomings of the recording.

There are a number of small cuts to the score (hence the fact that the opera fits onto only 2 CDs), but otherwise it is performed complete. Its bargain nature makes this recording well worth having as an additional version even if you already own a copy of Cosi. Overall this is one of the best recordings available of this opera.
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For years I had the excerpts from this set on LP and though I liked it, thought Lisa Della Casa in particular too serious in sound - you know she has a deeply melancholic voice at times! However when spaced out throughout the opera her arias and weight of voice and intonation are just superb and I surprisingly thought the whole much better than the highlights - curious as usually it's the other way round. Anyway these seemingly nonsense thoughts aside its a lovely rendition and has quickly become a firm favourite.

As to dictation, as mentioned by the Italian reviewer, yes it isn't all it could be however it is very typical of the time and frankly the mispronunciations are generally easier for me to understand than the perfect Italian would be, so often Italian is sung so flowingly you can't pick individual words and is far from the Italian as spoken on the streets of modern day Italy. It doesn't trouble me but ...I am sure it would Italians...

I think you can afford this set as well as a modern one though frankly none has come my way to recommend and since it is so often performed these days I haven't sort one out.

Overall I think this a delightfully balanced Cosi and it was a joy for me to rediscover how good it was - 1955 Decca stereo has quite legendary recoding quality and thank god the orchestra is modest and does not attempt to drown the singers not that it could these quality and when needed large voices.

Whist it is Lisa Della Casa's opera her support is only just the merest notch behind and as seemed to be the case back in the 1950's ensemble work was common as these singers really did sing together and her duets show how good she and her colleagues were at blending their voices, and playing the roles as if on stage! Enough buy it .....
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It is one of the most underrated recordings in recording history. This exceeds Bohm's EMI 'Cosi Fan Tutte' in the aspects of singing ensemble
and orchestration (Vienna Phil is great here!).
My personal favourite all the time.
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Excellent performance dating from 1950s."Includes Unique Listening Guide" states a sticker on the front cover.I do not normally follow a detailed synopsis of an opera "plot", preferring to listen to the music...but this one is hilarious and is worth it for this alone.The author is an ex-pupil of mine,Warwick Thompson, of west London. Well done,Warwick!
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