Mozart: Così fan tutte

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COMPOSERS: Mozart
LABELS: Sony
WORKS: Così fan tutte
PERFORMER: Leontyne Price (Fiordiligi), Tatiana Troyanos (Dorabella), Judith Raskin (Despina), Ezio Flagello (Ferrando), Sherill Milnes (Guglielmo), George Shirley (Don Alfonso) New Philharmonia Orchestra & The Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Erich Leinsdorf
CATALOGUE NO: 88697579012

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The Mozart of this collection is a Così fan tute less bizarre than it looks on paper. Leontyne Price and Tatiana Troyanos might be said to be the ones wearing the trousers – how about a Così where the women swap roles with the men? – but there’s plenty of style there, above all in a wonderfully decorated ‘E amore un ladroncello’. Leinsdorf paces well, and was this the first Così to include all the usually discarded numbers? David Nice