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    Hi All,

    I tried searching for this topic, but couldn't find anything. I am desperately seeking a great Cosi fan tutte recording. Of the ones I have, here are the issues:

    Bohm - TOO SLOW.

    Solti - Live. The applause annoys me, and the recording leaves me flat for some reason.

    Jacobs - The recitative isn't separated out on individual tracks, making it impossible to avoid listening to it.

    Leinsdorf - I bought this one last night and am listening to it now. It seems on the slow side to me, but I am not that far into it yet.

    Mackerras - It's in English.

    Does anyone have any other recommendations? If you recommend Klemperer - is he slow, too?

    I have great recordings of all Mozart's other mature operas, but it has been a never ending struggle for me with Cosi.
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    I would recommend Davis (Philips), that is one of my favourite Cosi (underrated imho) but I guess it will be too slow again for you, I'm not an expert ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lensky View Post
    I would recommend Davis (Philips), that is one of my favourite Cosi (underrated imho) but I guess it will be too slow again for you, I'm not an expert ;-)
    I actually have that one, but haven't listened to it in a long time. Amazing cast. I hate that the recitative is not separate tracked, but I will have to give it a go. Thanks.

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    While the Bohm/Schwarzkopf/Ludwig/Kraus/Taddei (is that the Bohm you are referring to?) is my all-time favorite, I would also agree with Lensky that if you found him too slow, the Davis may be a better match.
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    Price/ Troyanos/ conducted by Leinsdorf and Solti first recording with Lorenga/ Berganza.
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    if you want a DVD:




    Look no further.....

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    Yes, the Bohm (with Schwarzkopf and company) is the one I'm referring to. That was my first recording of the work. Beautifully sung and played, but it is too slow IMO.

    I figured it out thought. You can indicate within tracks in iTunes when to start and end the track, so I was able to do that so the recitative is skipped. Helps a lot. Now Jacobs and Davis are good alternatives. I love the Jacobs recording, I just hate having to manually skip the recitative. Now I don't have to.

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    This one...........for sure.

    51WVavu889L.jpg

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    Jacobs is the best of the period instrument recordings. Karajan is good if you don't mind dated recording. I've no objection to the Bohm either and have also an older (though cut) version with him with Della Casa et al. Or the Glyndebourne DVD as above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gellio View Post
    Yes, the Bohm (with Schwarzkopf and company) is the one I'm referring to. That was my first recording of the work. Beautifully sung and played, but it is too slow IMO.

    I figured it out thought. You can indicate within tracks in iTunes when to start and end the track, so I was able to do that so the recitative is skipped. Helps a lot. Now Jacobs and Davis are good alternatives. I love the Jacobs recording, I just hate having to manually skip the recitative. Now I don't have to.
    You should check out Tidal music streaming, better sound quality than iTunes plus the Jacobs Cosi has recitavo on separate tracks like the CD version does.....excellent Cosi for sure with enhanced continuo sections typical of Jacobs Mozart series




    Plus I love Gens in Jacob's Mozart Cosi and Le Nozze............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    if you want a DVD:




    Look no further.....
    My library has a copy...I really need to check it out.

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    Hey Dark Angel,

    I have the Jacobs. Not all the recitative is on separate tracks. I've managed to time it out but not perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poconoron View Post
    This one...........for sure.

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    Barenboim should have stayed away from this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Barenboim should have stayed away from this.
    Not good? I'm typically not a Barenboim fan. The only recording i have of his that I remotely like is his Ring recording. Only because of his conducting, the singing is a stinker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gellio View Post
    Not good? I'm typically not a Barenboim fan. The only recording i have of his that I remotely like is his Ring recording. Only because of his conducting, the singing is a stinker.
    I am a Barenboim fan but this is no good at all, just to satisfy the buyers with Bartolli.

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