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Così fan tutte (Alain Lombard recording)

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Così fan tutte
File:Cosi fan tutte lombard LP.png
Erato LP: STU 71110
Studio album by
Alain Lombard
Released1978
StudioPalais de la Musique et des Congrès, Strasbourg
GenreOpera
Length178:51
LanguageItalian
LabelErato
ProducerMichel Garcin
Così fan tutte
Erato CD: 2292-45683-2
Erato CD: 2292-45683-2

Così fan tutte is a 178-minute studio album of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera, performed by Jules Bastin, Philippe Huttenlocher, Kiri Te Kanawa, David Rendall, Frederica von Stade and Teresa Stratas with the Choeurs de l'Opéra du Rhin and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alain Lombard. It was released in 1978.

Background[edit | edit source]

The album omits some of Mozart's recitative, and also cuts two numbers in their entirety: No. 7, the duettino "Al fato dan legge" for Ferrando and Guglielmo, and No. 24, the aria "Ah lo veggio" for Ferrando.[1]

Recording[edit | edit source]

The album was recorded using analogue technology in May 1977 in the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, Strasbourg.[2]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The cover of the first CD version of the album, designed by Mister Brown, features a detail of J. Pillement's painting "Les jardins de Benfica" (1785), a work in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.[2]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

The album was reviewed by the Mozart scholar Stanley Sadie in Gramophone in May 1978,[3] by J. B. Steane in Gramophone in July 1978[4] and by George Jellinek in Stereo Review in August 1978.[1]

Track listing, CD1[edit | edit source]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Così fan tutte ossia La scuola degli amanti, drama giocoso in due atti, K. 588 (Vienna, 1790), libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

  • 1 (4:35) Ouvertura

Act One

Scene 1

  • 2 (1:58) No.1 Terzetto: "La mia Dorabella capace non è" (Ferrando, Alfonso, Guglielmo)
  • 3 (1:09) Recitativo: "Fuor la spada" (Ferrando, Alfonso, Guglielmo)
  • 4 (1:17) No. 2 Terzetto: "E la fede delle femmine" (Ferrando, Alfonso, Guglielmo)
  • 5 (1:25) Recitativo: "Scioccherie di poeti" (Ferrando, Alfonso, Guglielmo)
  • 6 (2:17) No. 3 Terzetto: "Una bella serenata" (Ferrando, Alfonso, Guglielmo)

Scene 2

  • 7 (5:02) No. 4 Duetto: "Ah, guarda, sorella" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella)
  • 8 (1:16) Recitativo: "Mi par che stamattina volentieri" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Alfonso)

Scene 3

  • 9 (0:41) No. 5 Aria: "Vorrei dir, e cor non ho" (Alfonso)
  • 10 (1:04) Recitativo: "Stelle! Per carità, signor Alfonso" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Alfonso)

Scene 4

  • 11 (4:25) No. 6 Quintetto: "Sento, oh Dio, che questo piede" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando, Alfonso, Guglielmo)
  • 12 (0:32) Recitativo: "La commedia è graziosa" (Alfonso, Ferrando, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

Scene 5

  • 13 (1:35) No. 8 Coro: "Bella vita militar!" (Chorus)
  • 14 (0:47) Recitativo: "Non v'è più tempo, amici" (Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Guglielmo, Ferrando)
  • 15 (3:04) No. 9 Quintetto e coro: "Di scrivermi ogni giorno" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Guglielmo, Ferrando, Alfonso, Chorus)

Scene 6

  • 16 (1:10) Recitativo: "Dove son?" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Alfonso)
  • 17 (3:05) No. 10 Terzettino: "Soave sia il vento" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Alfonso)

Scene 7

  • 18 (1:12) Recitativo: "Non son cattivo comico" (Alfonso)

Scene 8

  • 19 (2:26) Recitativo: "Che vita maledetta" (Despina)

Scene 9

  • Recitativo: "Madame, ecco la vostra colazione" (Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)
  • 20 (2:03) No. 11 Aria: "Smanie implacabili" (Dorabella)
  • 21 (1:37) Recitativo: "Signora Dorabella" (Despina, Dorabella, Fiordiligi)
  • 22 (2:34) No. 12 Aria: "In uomini, in soldati" (Despina)

Scene 10

  • 23 (2:25) Recitativo: "Che silenzio! Che aspetto di tristezza" (Alfonso, Despina)

Scene 11

  • 24 (4:42) No. 13 Sestetto: "Alla bella Despinetta" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Alfonso)
  • 25 (4:15) Recitativo: "Che sussurro!" (Alfonso, Dorabella, Fiordiligi, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Despina)
  • 26 (4:25) No. 14 Aria: "Come scoglio immoto resta" (Fiordiligi)[2]

Track listing, CD2[edit | edit source]

Act One, continued

Scene 11, continued

  • 1 (1:04) Recitativo: "Ah non partite!" (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Alfonso, Dorabella, Fiordiligi)
  • 2 (1:51) No. 15 Aria: "Non siate ritrosi" (Guglielmo)

Scene 12

  • 3 (0:54) No. 16 Terzetto: "E voi ridete?" (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Alfonso)
  • 4 (1:05) Recitativo: "Si può sapere un poco" (Alfonso, Guglielmo, Ferrando)
  • 5 (5:05) No. 17 Aria: "Un' aura amorosa" (Ferrando)

Scenes 14, 15 and 16

  • 6 (20:05) No. 18 Finale: "Ah, che tutta in un momento" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando, Alfonso, Guglielmo, Despina)

Act Two

Scene 1

  • 7 (1:43) Recitativo: "Andate là, che siete" (Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)
  • 8 (3:01) No. 19 Aria: "Una donna a quindici anni" (Despina)

Scene 2

  • 9 (1:43) Recitativo: "Sorella, cosa dici?" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella)
  • 10 (3:13) No. 20 Duetto: "Prenderò quel brunettino" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

Scene 3

  • 11 (0:22) Recitativo: "Ah, correte al giardino" (Alfonso, Despina)

Scene 4

  • 12 (4:04) No. 21 Duetto con coro: "Secondate, aurette amiche" (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Chorus)
  • 13 (0:48) Recitativo: "Cos'è tal mascherata?" (Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo)
  • 14 (2:41) No. 22 Quartetto: "La mano a me date" (Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Alfonso)

Scene 5

  • 15 (2:47) Recitativo: "Oh che bella giornata!" (Fiordiligi, Ferrando, Dorabella, Guglielmo)
  • 16 (5:11) No. 23 Duetto: "Il core vi dono, bell' idolo mio" (Dorabella, Guglielmo)[2]

Track listing, CD3[edit | edit source]

Act Two, continued

Scene 6

  • 1 (1:41) Recitativo: "Barbara! Perché fuggi?" (Ferrando, Fiordiligi)

Scene 7

  • 2 (1:48) Recitativo: "Ei parte..." (Fiordiligi)
  • 3 (8:03) No. 25 Rondo: "Per pietà, ben mio" (Fiordiligi)

Scene 8

  • 4 (2:54) Recitativo: "Amico, abbiamo vinto!" (Ferrando)
  • 5 (3:13) No. 26 Aria: "Donne mie, la fate e tanti" (Guglielmo)

Scene 9

  • 6 (1:23) Recitativo: "In qual fiero contrasto" (Ferrando)
  • 7 (2:07) No. 27 Cavatina: "Tradito, schernito" (Ferrando)
  • 8 (1:27) Recitativo: "Bravo, questa è costanza" (Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo)

Scene 10

  • 9 (1:29) Recitativo: "Ora vedo che siete" (Despina, Dorabella, Fiordiligi)
  • 10 (3:38) No. 28 Aria: "E' amore un ladroncello" (Dorabella)

Scene 11

  • 11 (1:48) Recitativo: "Comme tutto congiura" (Fiordiligi, Guglielmo, Despina, Alfonso)

Scene 12

  • Recitativo: "L'abito di Ferrando" (Fiordiligi, Despina, Guglielmo)
  • 12 (7:04) No. 29 Duetto: "Fra gli amplessi in pochi istante" (Fiordiligi, Ferrando)

Scene 13

  • 13 (2:05) Recitativo: "Oh poveretto me" (Alfonso, Guglielmo, Ferrando)
  • 14 (0:59) No. 30 Andante: "Tutti accusan le donne" (Alfonso, Guglielmo)

Scene 14

  • 15 (0:47) Recitativo: "Vittoria, padroncini!" (Despina, Ferrando, Alfonso, Guglielmo)

Scenes 15, 16, 17 and 18

  • 16 (20:24) No. 31 Finale: "Fate presto, o cari amici" (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Alfonso)[2]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Musical[edit | edit source]

  • Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Fiordiligi, a lady of Ferrara, sister of Dorabella
  • Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano), Dorabella, a lady of Ferrara, sister of Fiordiligi
  • Teresa Stratas (soprano), Despina, maidservant of Fiordiligi and Dorabella
  • Philippe Huttenlocher (baritone), Guglielmo, an army officer, in love with Fiordiligi
  • David Rendall (tenor), Ferrando, an army officer, in love with Dorabella
  • Jules Bastin (bass), Don Alfonso, an elderly philosopher
  • Luciano Sgrizzi, harpsichord continuo
  • Choeurs de l'Opéra du Rhin (chorus master: Gunter Wagner)
  • Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Alain Lombard, conductor[2]

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Michel Garcin, producer
  • Pierre Lavoix, balance engineer
  • Françoise Garcin, editor
  • Charles Schwarz, assistant
  • Monique Mathon, musical assistant[2]

Release history[edit | edit source]

In 1978, Erato released the album in Europe as a set of three LPs (catalogue number STU 71110) with literature providing notes, texts, translations and several photographs taken during the recording process.[3] Also in 1978, RCA (under licence from Erato) released the album in the USA on both LP (catalogue number FRL3-2629) and cassette (catalogue number FRK3-2629), the LPs again being accompanied by notes, texts and translations.[1]

In 1991, Erato issued the album on CD (catalogue number 2292-45683-2) in their "Libretto" series, packaged in a slipcase with a 264-page booklet providing an essay about the opera by André Tubeuf in English, French and German and the libretto of the opera in English, French, German and Italian.[2] The booklet's only illustration was a photograph of Lombard by Jacques Sarrat. In 2010, Erato reissued the album on CD in revised packaging in their "Erato Opera Collection" series.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stereo Review, August 1978, pp. 132-133
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Mozart, W. A.: Così fan tutte, cond. Alain Lombard, Erato CD 2292-45683-2, 1991
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gramophone, May 1978, pp. 1929-1930
  4. Gramophone, July 1978, p. 167


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