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 Offer,Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Janice Watson (Fiordiligi), Diana Montague (Dorabella), Lesley Garrett (Despina), Toby Spence (Ferrando), Christopher Maltman (Guglielmo), Sir Thomas Allen (Don Alfonso); Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Sir Charles Mackerras

This is an account of Così which seems to put momentum first. The opening chord, more ferocious than one would expect, gives way to a rattling overture, and tension and pace never let up. More…

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Contents

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, K. 588 (Sung in English)

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  • Thomas Allen (contralto), Janice Watson (soprano), Lesley Garrett (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano), Sir Charles Mackerras, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Age of Enlightenment Orchestra, Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Overture

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Act I: Trio: Suspect Dorabella? (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)

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Act I: Recitative: Swords or pistols? (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)

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Act I: Trio: Woman's faith is like a phoenix (Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo)

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Act I: Recitative: A poetical fiction! (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)

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Act I: Trio: I shall hire a band of players (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)

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Act I: Duet: This portrait alone is the face of Adonis (Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act I: Recitative: I can't think what's the matter (Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act I: Recitative: Here they are (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Don Alfonso)

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Act I: Aria: Let me try. My courage fails (Don Alfonso)

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Act I: Recitative: Tell us, for pity's sake (Fiordiligi, Don Alfonso, Dorabella)

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Act I: Quintet: Courage fails me! For no evasion (Guglielmo, Ferrando, Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act I: Recitative: It's a comedy, charming! (Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act I: Oh, the soldier's life for me! (Chorus)

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Act I: Recitative: My friends, the time is flying (Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando, Guglielmo)

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Act I: Quintet: You'll write long letters often (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso, Chorus)

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Act I: Recitative: Are they gone? (Dorabella, Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi)

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Act I: Trio: O wind gently blowing (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Don Alfonso)

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Act I: Recitative: So far all's going splendidly (Don Alfonso)

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Act I: Recitative: A hell of an existence (Despina)

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Act I: Recitative: My ladies, here is your chocolate and biscuits (Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act I: Aria: Cease not, remorseless love (Dorabella)

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Act I: Recitative: Signora Dorabella, Signora Fiordiligi (Despina, Dorabella, Fiordiligi)

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Act I: Aria: In lovers and in soldiers (Despina)

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Act I: Recitative: What a silence! (Don Alfonso, Despina)

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Act I: Sextet: I've the honour to present you (Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act I: Recitative: What an outcry! (Don Alfonso, Dorabella, Fiordiligi, Ferrando, Guglielmo)

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Act I: Aria: Like a fortress in ocean founded (Fiordiligi)

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Act I: Recitative: Stay, I implore you! (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso, Dorabella, Fiordiligi)

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Act I: Aria: O vision so charming (Guglielmo)

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Act I: Trio: You seem delighted! (Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo)

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Act I: Recitative: When you've quite finished laughing (Don Alfonso, Guglielmo, Ferrando)

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Act I: Aria: Her eye so alluring (Ferrando)

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Act I: Finale: Why has fate my life enshrouded (Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act I: Finale: To die is all I long for (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina)

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Act I: Finale: Now ladies, calm yourselves (Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act II: Recitative: Well, I declare, you are a funny pair of ladies (Despina, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act II: Aria: At fifteen a girl already must be truly wise (Despina)

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Act II: Recitative: Well, sister! What do you think? (Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act II: Duet: I prefer the gentle dark one (Dorabella, Fiordiligi)

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Act II: Recitative: Come at once to the garden (Don Alfonso, Dorabella)

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Act II: Duet and Chorus: Gentle zephyr, softly sighing (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Chorus)

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Act II: Recitative: What is this masquerading? (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)

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Act II: Quartet: Now give me your hand (Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Despina)

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Act II: Recitative: Isn't the weather lovely! (Fiordiligi, Ferrando, Dorabella, Guglielmo)

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Act II: Duet: This heart that I give you (Guglielmo, Dorabella)

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Act II: Recitative: Cruel one, would you leave me? (Ferrando, Fiordiligi)

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Act II: Recitative: He's leaving. Listen! … (Fiordiligi)

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Act II: Rondo: Ah, my love, I pray forgive me (Fiordiligi)

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Act II: We've done it! (Ferrando, Guglielmo)

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Act II: Aria: Ladies have such variations (Guglielmo)

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Act II: Recitative: Ah! My brain is distracted! (Ferrando)

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Act II: Cavatina: Her treason is poison (Ferrando)

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Act II: Recitative: Now at least you are acting as a sane woman should (Despina, Dorabella, Fiordiligi)

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Act II: Aria: Young love is unrelenting (Dorabella)

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Act II: Recitative: All the world is conspiring (Fiordiligi, Guglielmo, Despina, Don Alfonso)

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Act II: Duet: All too slowly the hours are fleeting (Fiordiligi, Ferrando)

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Act II: Recitative: That's enough for me! (Guglielmo, Don Alfonso, Ferrando)

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Act II: Aria: Man accuses the woman (Don Alfonso, Ferrando, Guglielmo)

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Act II: Recitative: Well, gentlemen, you've won them (Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)

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Act II: Finale: Come, my friends, no more delaying (Despina, Chorus, Don Alfonso)

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Act II: Finale: May the love, that has united them (Chorus, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Fiordiligi, Dorabella)

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Act II: Finale: Happy lovers! Fate conniving (Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Despina, Chorus)

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Act II: Finale: Joy once more now our sorrow replaces (Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso, Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina)

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Act II: Finale: Happy is the man who calmly takes life strictly as he finds it (Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Despina, Ferrando, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)

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