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Mozart: Cosi fan tutte [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Hartelius, Bonitatibus, Jankova, Camarena, Drole
  • Directors: Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Franz Wesler-Most
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 7.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003E113IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jealous men and unreliable women: Mozart's 'Opera buffa' Cosi fan
tutte is a masterpiece of its genre. This operatic gem which is part comedy,
part tragedy is a wry study in love, manipulation and trust.
After having cooperated twice before (Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni)
Così fan tutte was the third and last collaboration of Mozart and
librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. It is a clear-sightedly view of the confusion
of human relations and opens up an abyss that seems to go far beyond
the framework of a 'Dramma giocoso'. In the tension between love
and passion, security and self-negation, faithfulness and betrayal, the couples get lost in emotional chaos.
Mozart illustrates these diverse emotions with his sublime music which is in turn poignant and stoic, heartfelt and romantic.
A fine cast enriches Mozart's stirring music. Under Franz Welser-Möst's fabulous conducting this production of the Zurich Opera House is setting musical standards. In conjunction with the director Sven-Eric Bechtolf, he has developed into one of the leading teams in contemporary music theater.
A great score, a famous production and wonderful singers: this Così fan tutte live recorded at the famous Zurich Opera House is a 'must see'
for opera lovers.

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They are good actors as well.
Lynn Vale
I doubt this would be anyone's choice Cosi but the staging works very well even if it is in many ways indebted to Sellars classic Despina's cafe.
Donald L. Kass
The sound is excellent and is presented in DTS-HD 7.1 as well as stereo.
I. Giles

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald L. Kass on May 2, 2010
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I doubt this would be anyone's choice Cosi but the staging works
very well even if it is in many ways indebted to Sellars classic
Despina's cafe. Now the opera is set in a sort of Club med
(the note's say 1960s youth hostel) so I sort of expected disaster.
None of the singers is vocally impeccable but they aren't bad either.
De Niesse's Despina is terrific. Though not immune to the complaints
of lack of support on top, Despina doesn't demand as much vocally but
she is perfect as a sort of camp companion. What is best is the
score is given complete which isn't the case in most DVD productions.
I can't understand how Muti who insists on including every inkblot
in verdi, cuts Mozart. It shows how Mozart and Da Ponte knew exactly
what they were doing. Shankle might be a real find-- he sings all
three arias quite well. No one in the cast has a perfect trill.
Still, the sum is more than the parts --it works as a concept more
than any other cosi I have ever seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 6, 2012
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This production of this 2009 performance of Cosi fan Tutte from Zurich is set in period as regards costuming but with very crisp, clear cut designs and sharply defined colours for the unfussy backdrops to the action. This gives it a very modern feel as well. In my opinion this very successfully enables the opera to be set in its own period while at the same time enabling it to speak directly to a modern age.

This crisp feel to the production permeates everything. Welser-Most conducts with incisive precision and the orchestra and singers respond to every tiny detail with remarkable accuracy. It is rare to hear so much inner detail without recourse to highlighted microphones. This does not simply apply to instrumental or vocal lines but also applies to significant accenting within those lines. This is a meticulous performance and, as such, is typical of this conductor's normal style. It certainly makes for exhilarating music making here and all of the musicians are up to the considerable challenges involved. My ears tell me that natural brass instruments of Mozart's time are used in conjunction with modern strings and woodwind in this performance. This is becoming a frequent means of producing real brass bite at volume without overwhelming the rest of the orchestra. It works very well adding both drama and excitement as in this performance.

The singers are described on the disc sleeve as `A Mozart ensemble that currently is probably without equal in the opera world' (Badische Zeitung) and that seems to me to be a perfectly fair summary. Malin Hartelius as Fiordiligi has a beautiful voice with just a slight touch of creaminess to the texture.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DDD VINE VOICE on June 21, 2010
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Arthaus' new release of Cosi Fan Tutte has scored a first as regards completeness; every aria is included even No. 24, Ah lo veggio which was usually cut in most CD (and LP) releases; recits were usually cut, or trimmed, as well. I am no musicologist but if there are cuts in the recits they are minimal. In an era when completeness has becomes a fetish it is interesting that it has taken so long for an opera which has been memorialized many times.

Initially I had reservations about purchasing the set, mainly because Sven-Eric Bechtoff as the Stage Producer. Bechtoff is responsible for the worst (my opinion) Rosenkavalier, a production so absurd that it verges on the unwatchable. His Pelleas is equally ridiculous, set in some frozen tundra. I have kept the set for some very good singing, but little pleasure otherwise. His Don Giovanni is set in a hotel lobby (?)is equally goofy and only the presence of Simon Keenlyside was sufficient inducement to make the purchase. Bechtoff's next assault on the opera goers' sensibility was Nozze di Figaro. Both of these productions have been updated to present time without adding one bit of distinction, plus almost simultaneously two productions came out from the ROH that were so far superior that I suspect Zurich was put in the shade. Interestingly in both cases ROH had the same Figaro, Erwin Schrott and the same Don, Keenlyside and in both cases their presence is more vital in the English productions. But Cosi received a very positive review on line and the casting of the soprano, Malin Harteliu, enabled me to overcome my prejudices.

For the first time Bechtoff has kept the action in the 18th century, albeit in a very stylized manner. For those wanting a rococo mise-en-scene you will have to look elsewhere, probably the John E.
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Amazon has mixed in reviews from about 4 different DVDs of Cosi fan tutte. Only the reviews by Donald Kass and Lynn Vale seem to be for the current listing of Cosi with Metzmacher conducting the Netherlands Chamber Orch. Their reviews induced me to take a chance on this and they were right. This is a mostly successful updating of Cosi with a decent fit with the libretto and sense of action. The singing is good, the acting is even better. What makes the performance successful is that the voices blend rather well on the duets or quartets. This is not an Italianate singing group so don't expect that kind of idiomatic singing. The conducting is a bit lackluster and ordinary though. In short a fun updating of Cosi to a kind of vaguely 70s or 80s setting with a sympathetic cast.
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