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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Of the numerous recordings of Cosi fan tutte in the catalogue, many of them excellent, I don't think there is any that has moved me as intensely at the work's ultimate climax, the Act 2 finale, as this new one of John Eliot Gardiner's. Nowadays we recognize, of course, that Cosi is not the frivolous frolic at the expense of womankind that it was long supposed to be, but something much more serious and (in my view at least) deeply sympathetic to women. Gardiner takes much of the finale at a rather steady pace, allowing plenty of time in the canon-toast for a gorgeous sensuous interplay of these lovely young voices, then carefully pacing the E major music that follows, pointing up the alarmed G minor music after the march is heard and
sustaining the tension artfully at a high level during the denouement scene: so that, when their vow of undying love and loyalty, ''Idol mio, se questo e vero'', is finally reached, it carries great pathos and emotional weight, and the sense too that all are chastened by the experience is evident in the ensemble that ensues. So this is certainly a Cosi with a heart, and a heart in the right place...Gardiner's [recording] is certainly a connoisseur's performance, subtle and sophisticated, and communicating important things about the opera."
-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [2/1994]
Works on This Recording
Cosě fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Rosa Mannion (Mezzo Soprano),
Rodney Gilfry (Baritone),
Rainer Trost (Tenor),
Eirian James (Soprano),
Carlos Feller (Bass),
Amanda Roocroft (Soprano)
John Eliot Gardiner
English Baroque Soloists,
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 06/1992
Venue: Live Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy
Length: 194 Minutes 21 Secs.
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