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Sunday Afternoon at the Opera - Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte

07/22/2012 1:00 pm
07/22/2012 4:30 pm

Host Keith Brown writes:

In the genre of the Italian opera buffa, Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte ("Thus Do They All, "1790), is doubtless the most perfect example. By "perfect" this must mean the classic symmetry of the composition and its unfailing melodiousness. Certainly, it possesses the perfect buffo libretto provided by Mozart's frequent collaborator Lorenzo da Ponte.

Cosi Fan Tutte has been frequently recorded. One of the best interpreters of eighteenth century, music, John Eliot Gardiner recorded Cosi in 1992 at the Teatro Communale in Ferarra, Italy, leading his own English Baroque Soloists, playing period instruments, and the voices of the Monteverdi Choir. (Curiously, none of the six vocal soloists are Italian.)

Gardiner essayed all the famous Mozart operas on recording dates between 1990 and 1995, and in various recording venues. All these operas were issued separately in CD jewelcases. Deutsche Grammophon has reissued them in an eighteen-CD boxed set. Cosi Fan Tutte takes up three silver discs.

Appended to the third disc is an alternative aria/terzetto for Guglielmo, Fernando, and Alonzo.