Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte |
Actors: Nicolas Rivenq, Miah Persson, Anke Vondung, Luca Pisaroni, Topi Lehtipuu
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts
A stunningly beautiful, gorgeously traditional blu-ray Cosi
Mike Birman | Brooklyn, New York USA | 09/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Last of the three Mozart-Da Ponte operas, Cosi Fan Tutte (They all do it) premiered in January 1790. Mozart was in despondent spirits during the two dark years of 1789-90. His own health was poor, his wife Constanze was also frequently ill, and money was scarce as a result of a war induced economic depression in Austria. It was during this period - in which his frequent begging letters to fellow Mason Michael Puchberg reveal his increasing desperation - that Mozart was least productive in an otherwise uncanny lifetime of stunning productivity. Mozart's operas were only moderately successful in Vienna. The Viennese audiences were notoriously conservative and found his music too difficult for their ears ("too many notes" as Emperor Joseph said of The Abduction from the Seraglio). Mozart had spectacular success in Prague, however, as the composition of Don Giovanni to be premiered in that city in 1787 proves. Despite the difficulties Mozart faced in its composition, Cosi is perhaps his most perfect opera. It contains some of the most ravishingly beautiful music he ever composed in what is essentially a chamber opera for six voices.
This production is an ostentatiously traditional one. It seems to "flip-the-bird" at all new-fangled updatings and it proudly proclaims its stubborn adherence to 18th Century performance values. As a result it is hypermodern and ultimately subversive. The message of this Cosi is clear: see how wonderfully effective a traditional Mozart performance truly is. Why waste your time on modernizations? From the sets and stage design to costumes and performances everything suggests the period in which the opera was written. This Glyndebourne production directed by Nicholas Hytner is as much a feast for the eyes as the musical performances are a sumptuous repast for the ears. All of the vocal performers are superb (and superb looking) and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Ivan Fischer performs this music on authentic instruments in an historically informed performance that is exemplary.
Filmed in high-definition, this single BD50 Opus Arte Blu-Ray disc produces a deeply colorful 16:9 1080i image and pristine audio in both Dolby TrueHD 2.0 and 5.0 soundtracks. Because of the extreme visual and audio clarity provided by the Blu-Ray format the experience is utterly immersive. One feels as if the stage is in the room producing a palpable sense of a live performance. The running time of the disc is 210 minutes.
This is an experience not to be missed. If your equipment is capable of reproducing the full high-definition output of a Blu-Ray disc then this performance of Cosi Fan Tutte belongs in your collection. Superbly performed and presented it is most assuredly a special release.
Glen Kelly | New York City, NY USA | 11/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've begun collecting opera on bluray the last several months, with mixed results. As for Mozart, I bought the Don Giovanni directed by Francesca Zambello, which is terrific, and The Marriage Of Figaro directed by Claus Guth, which is a travesty. This production of Cosi, directed by the theatre director Nicholas Hytner is better than them all, and is one of the best opera dvds I've ever seen. As the previous reviewer said, merely by being traditional, this Cosi is more meaningful and subversive than any "reinterpreted" version could be. Highly recommended!"
VERY GOOD IN ALL ASPECTS
N.Y. | 12/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am familiar with the excellent orchestra but none of the performers are known to me. As it turned out, all the performers are ideal for their roles. I don't have any comments for improvement. I liked the simple furnature that let's you concentrate on the actors and the singing. The picture is very clear and vivid, the sound is first class and the acting is usually good if not perfect (as is always in operas).
To summarize, it doesn't get better than that"
Lawrence A. Schenbeck | Atlanta, GA USA | 04/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What an amazing production. Hytner's direction, Fischer's conducting, and the work of the principal singers -- every last one of them -- and the orchestra are almost beyond reproach. We have been watching this just a half hour at a time, in order to savor it and make it last.
I am a singer, conductor, and musicologist, and I have been involved with workshop and professional productions of Cosi since I was an undergraduate. I think I could probably sing it in my sleep. But I have never seen or heard such a beautiful, fully realized production as this one. Indeed, in these days of Regietheater etc. I hardly thought it possible. It is so obvious that the people involved, besides being highly skilled, take Mozart and Da Ponte seriously, even (especially) in what is sometimes considered their silliest comic opera.
The television direction and the Blu-Ray encoding, both picture and sound, are astonishing as well. (Sorry, I realize that if I keep up this gushing, I'll lose credibility. Just can't help it.)
Get this if you love Mozart. You really will not, not, not be sorry."