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Mozart Opera DVD 3-Pack - Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan Tutte, La Finta Giardiniera

Stuart Kale, Stefan Dahlberg, Ann Christine Biel
Release Date: 04/07/2014 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4942  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard CroftBritt-Marie AruhnStuart KaleEva Pilat,   ... 
Conductor:  Arnold Östman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre OrchestraDrottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection of 3 DVDs includes the following:

Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ostman, Aruhn, Kale, Croft
This perfect exposition presented Mozart with three classic buffo roles – an amorous old man, a wily maid and a handsome young gardener. The Cavaliere offers a “serious” role à la opera seria. And a female gardener who is “finta”, in other words a fake, is a “mezzo carattere” – the title given in opera buffa to roles that are allowed to alternate between the comic and the serious, between sentimentality and drama. But Mozart takes even the heartaches of his “comic” characters remarkably seriously, and with its clever changes between major and minor keys, this
Read more introductory scene is anything but clichéd.

Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Ostman, Drottningholm Court Theatre
Following the death of Pamina's father, her mother, the Queen of the Night, has lost her powers – her dying husband passed the sevenfold circle of the sun on to Sarastro, High Priest of the "Temple of Wisdom". However she refuses to submit to the leadership of Sarastro and his followers and is determined to regain her power. To pre-empt her, Sarastro has kidnapped Pamina, the actual heiress of the Sun King. This wonderful production demonstrates Mozart's immerse skill in producing a wide variety of genres and styles.

Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Ostman, Biel, Hoglind, Tibell
This comic opera buffa in two acts was commissioned to Mozart by Emperor Josef II subtitled The School for Lovers. In eighteenth-century Naples, the cynical Don Alfonso discusses women with two young officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo. The gallants insist their sweet-hearts Fiordiligi and Dorabella are virtue itself, and accept Alfonso's wager that he can prove the ladies fickle if they follow his instructions for twenty-four hours. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La finta giardiniera, K 196 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Richard Croft (Tenor), Britt-Marie Aruhn (Soprano), Stuart Kale (Tenor),
Eva Pilat (Soprano), Annika Skoglund (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Arnold Östman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
2.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ann Christine Biel (Soprano), Stefan Dahlberg (Tenor), Mikael Samuelson (Baritone),
László Polgár (Bass), Birgit Louise Frandsen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arnold Östman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Cosě fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ann Christine Biel (Soprano), Maria Hoglind (Soprano), Lars Tibell (Tenor),
Magnus Lindén (Bass)
Conductor:  Arnold Östman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra,  Drottningholm Court Theatre Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 

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