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Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Böhm, Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Et Al

Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67379   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Heinrich SchmidtChrista LudwigElisabeth SchwarzkopfAlfredo Kraus,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A benchmark recording — Christa Ludwig's dark voice and direct musicianship make a desert island Dorabella.

In essence, EMI's 20-bit remastering of Karl Böhm's 1962 Così fan tutte fortifies the lower strings, winds, and timpani, while sharpening note attacks and word endings. By contrast, the label's 1988 CD transfer is equalized more evenly from top to bottom. The close-up, slightly dry sonics underline Böhm's tightly-knit, forthright, and sober conception. He opens many of the recitative cuts made in Karajan's earlier Philharmonia Così, while presiding over a strong cast. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's silvery Fiordiligi didn't age at all since the Karajan recording, but here she enacts the text to a
Read more more precious degree. Christa Ludwig's darker voice and more direct musicianship, though, make a desert island Dorabella. As Ferrando, Alfredo Kraus' hefty, ringing tenor will appeal to tastes other than mine (I greatly prefer Karajan's Leopold Simoneau, one of the most elegant stylists to undertake this part). But how Giuseppi Taddei wraps his beguiling, idiomatic, and alert pipes around Guglielmo's music! The unusual clarity and precision of the chorus merits special distinction too. All in all, Böhm's Così, among traditional (that is, non-period instrument) recordings, safely holds its long-time benchmark position. Excellent, frank notes, plus full texts and translations are included.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Heinrich Schmidt (Harpsichord), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano),
Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone),
Hannelore Steffek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 165 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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