Charles Mackerras

Mozart: Così fan tutte

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This recording of Così fan tutte was made when the cast was preparing for performances at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival, so the cast had the advantage of enough rehearsal time together to relax into the opera's humor. Their easy rapport is most evident in the spirited recitatives, which sparkle with spontaneity and wit. The fact that the principals are talented comedians makes their unforced interactions genuinely fun, and they sound like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves. Although they are not all international superstars, the performances are stellar. The soloists bring out the humanity and complexity of the opera, and artfully convey their characters' emotional development. It's hard to single out individuals for special praise, since each functions so integrally as part of the whole ensemble, and each is vocally and dramatically so effective. Felicity Lott and Marie McLaughlin are delightfully delineated as the sisters and they sing angelically; their "Ah, che tutta in un momento" is gorgeous. Nuccia Focile's Despina is lyrically playful. As the lovers, Jerry Hadley (in one of his finest recorded performances) and Alessandro Corbelli, and Gilles Cachemaille as Don Alfonso, are equally fine, and their ensembles crackle with testosterone-driven bravado. Charles Mackerras leads the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a light-footed and nimble reading. Although the instruments are modern (except for the fortepiano that accompanies the recitatives, and the timpani), Mackerras keeps the sound transparent and the tempos brisk. Teldec's sound is clean with a nice sense of intimacy.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588
1 04:01 Amazon
2 01:46 Amazon
3 01:09 Amazon
4 01:09 Amazon
5 01:29 Amazon
6 02:16 Amazon
7 04:22 Amazon
8 01:13 Amazon
9 00:37 Amazon
10 00:53 Amazon
11 04:01 Amazon
12 00:57 Amazon
13 01:15 Amazon
14 00:29 Amazon
15 01:30 Amazon
16 00:36 Amazon
17 02:42 Amazon
18 00:56 Amazon
19 02:50 Amazon
20 01:12 Amazon
21 02:10 Amazon
22 01:45 Amazon
23 02:13 Amazon
24 02:27 Amazon
25 02:48 Amazon
26 04:14 Amazon
27 03:53 Amazon
28 04:33 Amazon
29 01:05 Amazon
30 01:44 Amazon
31 00:51 Amazon
32 01:10 Amazon
33 04:35 Amazon
34 05:04 Amazon
35 00:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588
1 02:37 Amazon
2 02:53 Amazon
3 04:55 Amazon
4 02:56 Amazon
5 03:32 Amazon
6 03:18 Amazon
7 03:30 Amazon
8 03:16 Amazon
9 01:46 Amazon
10 02:46 Amazon
11 00:19 Amazon
12 03:34 Amazon
13 00:57 Amazon
14 02:40 Amazon
15 03:09 Amazon
16 04:23 Amazon
17 01:37 Amazon
18 03:48 Amazon
19 01:30 Amazon
20 07:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588
1 04:10 Amazon
2 03:09 Amazon
3 01:32 Amazon
4 02:07 Amazon
5 01:28 Amazon
6 02:43 Amazon
7 03:02 Amazon
8 02:56 Amazon
9 06:05 Amazon
10 02:18 Amazon
11 00:55 Amazon
12 00:41 Amazon
13 01:42 Amazon
14 04:31 Amazon
15 01:56 Amazon
16 03:18 Amazon
17 03:24 Amazon
18 06:06 Amazon
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