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Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Karl Bohm, Della Casa, Ludwig

Release Date: 05/08/2002 
Label:  London/Decca Grand Opera Series Catalog #: 417185   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Della CasaChrista LudwigEmmy LooseAnton Dermota,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dating from 1955 - in time for the 1956 bicentenary of the composer's birth - this recording belongs to a period when apologies were still made for Cost fan tutte, Mozart's most 'frothy' comedy, as it used to be known before we started taking it seriously. Bohm was one of the opera's most admired interpreters, but today his cuts — Dorabella's second and Ferrando's second and third arias, edits in the sublime Fiordiligi/Ferrando duet and the finale to Act II, savage shortening of the secco recitative and even small snips in one or two of the arias -seem so disfiguring that few could contemplate purchase of this set as a first choice. In tandem with a really complete recording, however — my choice would be the Solti set, also on Decca — this Read more has a lot going for it as a representative of the post-war Viennese Mozart style, then regarded as supreme. Bohm's sensible tempi and affectionate highlighting of woodwind detail still give pleasure and the cast is a good team. Ludwig's Dorabella is surpassed only by her more mature self on Bohm's second EMI recording, and Della Casa is a more touching Fiordiligi than Schwarzkopf. The men, especially Dermota's romantic Ferrando, are as good as on any set, provided one can take the slightly Germanic Italian diction.

-- Hugh Canning, BBC Music Magazine

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Works on This Recording

Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Della Casa (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Emmy Loose (Soprano),
Anton Dermota (Tenor), Erich Kunz (Baritone), Paul Schöffler (Baritone)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Language: Italian 

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