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Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Klemperer, Price, Popp

Release Date: 06/12/2008 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 63845   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Margaret PriceYvonne MintonSir Geraint EvansLuigi Alva,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis ChoirNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"For the sisters of Ferrara, [Klemperer] had amply voiced singers very apt for his approach. Price and Minton were then in their early prime, with warm, sappy, peaches-and-cream tone, and ideally matching each other in timbre. Their duets show as much. Price's exemplary breath-control enables her to cope with the slow speeds adopted for Fiordiligi's arias and display that sovereign gift of hers for bold, long Mozartian phrases. Minton is hardly less remarkable in that respect. Alva's diction does make Muti's point (see July, page 36) that as soon as an Italian artist comes on the scene one hears the advantage of pointed, felicitous enunciation of the text; he also sings mellifluously and with character. By 1971, Evans was already an Read more Alfonso rather than a Guglielmo, and for all his accomplishment in the latter role one wishes he was singing the former rather than the po-faced Hans Sotin. However, Lucia Popp's vivacious, smiling Despina manages to bring Sotin to life in their important exchanges. Numbers 7 and 24 are omitted, so is some of the recitative. What is left is again drily accompanied. This is definitely not a set for anyone wanting a high-spirited version of the piece, for one can tire of the deliberate pacing, but like the more recommendable Figaro, it has its own justification once one adjusts to Klemperer's scale. Then one can sit back and enjoy a leisurely perambulation through the score with its chance to enjoy the details of the musical views from a fresh perspective."

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [9/1991]
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Works on This Recording

Cosě fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Sir Geraint Evans (Baritone),
Luigi Alva (Tenor), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Hans Sotin (Bass)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Language: Italian 

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