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This is a close-up look at Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, an opera about two young lovers who fall in and out of love. With David Timson's enthusiastic lead, the listener will discover the intricacies and depths of Mozart's work and come to appreciate it beyond the simplicity of its plot. Timson's narration is spirited; his voice will fill the listener's heart. This audio is a must-have for opera lovers; the listener will feel like he is in the theatre experiencing the power and enchantment of Mozart's music first hand.

Publisher's Summary

Così Fan Tutte contains some of Mozart’s most sublime music. On one level, the opera is purely a social anecdote about young people falling in and out of love; but Mozart was a supreme sensualist and a great humanist, and invested the tale with all his understanding of humanity and young love. In this title, David Timson refutes the charge that Mozart squandered his genius on a work full of trivial nonsense and proves this "miraculous yet problematic" opera to be a great work of theatre. To listen to this thought-provoking examination of the characters and the music is both thoroughly enriching and great fun.

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  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 03-11-18

especially fun before a performance

Very enjoyable introduction to the opera. I listened after seeing a live performance, but it would be even better before attending. The narrator was wonderful and helped to put the excerpts in context.