After the home-run, knockout recording of "Figaro", I was expecting the same from 'Cosi Fan Tutte". Although I adore Currentzis' boldness, fearlessness and originality, this has two major flaws. First, Ferrando's 'A lo veggio anima bella" is omitted. Despite the fact that it is often cut in regional performances, there is no excuse for this in what is supposed to be a major statement by this exciting young conductor. It is THE moment where Ferrando falls deeply in love, and its omission leaves a big gaping hole. Next is "Per pieta, bel idol mio...", which brings the action to a major halt. The cavatina is so slow as to sound like a funeral dirge, and takes far too much time. To make matters worse, the cabaletta is whispered, not belted, which robs it of its intensity and impact. Fiordiligi is supposed to be having an existential crisis, and it seems she is just marking time. This is too big a contrast in style to the rest of the recording, which delivers nearly as well as the "Figaro". Given the plethora recordings of this sublime opera, you have no reason to add it to your list.
Still, this will not stop me from grabbing his 'Don Giovanni" as soon as it hits the market. And it better be great, Teodor. You hear me?
- Audio CD (February 3, 2015)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: Sony Classical
- Run Time: 177 minutes
- ASIN: B00IZPWSG6
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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