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DAZZLING “COSĚ FAN TUTTE” CONTINUES MOZART CYCLE
Following their hugely successful recording of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and star tenor Rolando Villazón have completed work on their recording of the immortal Cosě fan tutte.
These two works form the vanguard of Deutsche Grammophon’s ambitious new cycle of Mozart’s seven mature operas, all to be recorded under Nézet-Séguin’s baton and with Villazón as artistic consultant. Support for the cycle comes from the exclusive sponsorship of timepiece-maker ROLEX.
As with Don Giovanni in 2011, the recording of Cosě fan tutte, Mozart’s tears-behind-the-smiles comedy, is also from a Baden-Baden Festival concert performance, this time in 2012, celebrating a rewarding collaboration between Universal Music Arts & Entertainment and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. This light opera revolves around two pairs of lovers whose bonds of fidelity are put to the test by a cynical bachelor as he pulls their strings like a puppet-master, just to prove his point.
“The subject matter is as fresh today as it was over 200 years ago,” says Ute Fesquet, Vice-President of A&R at Deutsche Grammophon. “And with Rolando and Yannick at the helm, contemporary audiences are guaranteed the ideal interpretation of these Mozart masterpieces.”
Villazón plays the role of Ferrando and is joined by Miah Persson as Fiordiligi, Angela Brower as Dorabella, Adam Plachetka as Guglielmo, Mojca Erdmann as Despina and Alessandro Corbelli as Don Alfonso, along with the Vocalensemble Rastatt. Nézet-Séguin conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which plays with vital energy and spirit.
For Rolando Villazón, working with Nézet-Séguin to reinvigorate Mozart’s operas has been its own reward: “It was such a wonderful artistic achievement to have everybody together, to have all these artists united in this extraordinary moment under the baton of Yannick, who I think has something very specific, very individual and of great quality to say about Mozart’s music.”
The critics agree. Nézet-Séguin has lived up to expectations: “Electrifyingly vivid conducting by Nézet-Séguin,” wrote The Daily Telegraph of the recording of Don Giovanni, while the San Francisco Chronicle said that the release “offers a compact assortment of some of the leading lights of today’s operatic stage”. The response to the live performance of Cosě fan tutte in Baden-Baden was equally enthusiastic, Das Opernglas wrote: “An excellent performance …, so much so, that a staged exposition was not necessary because its quality was drawn solely from the essence of the score and how Yannick Nézet-Séguin interpreted it …”
Of Rolando Villazón’s Don Ottavio in the Don Giovanni recording, the BBC said: “It is terrific singing by any standards, and Villazón proves he is stylistically at home in this repertoire – a splendid asset to this set.”
The remaining five operas in DG’s new Mozart cycle – Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Le nozze di Figaro, La clemenza di Tito, Die Zauberflöte and Idomeneo – will follow over the coming years.
Mozart: Cosě fan tutte
Miah Persson · Angela Brower · Adam Plachetka · Rolando Villazón
Mojca Erdmann · Alessandro Corbelli
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
3 CD/Download 00289 479 0641
International release August 2013
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