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Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Karl Bohm, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Et Al


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 66785   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hannelore SteffekWalter BerryGiuseppe TaddeiElisabeth Schwarzkopf,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 more precious degree. Christa Ludwig's darker voice and more direct musicianship, though, make a desert island Dorabella. As Read more 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.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing EMI 67379

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Works on This Recording

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

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