Mozart and the Opera with Matt Aucoin: The Trickster

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

from: Deutsche Jugend : Jugend- und Familien-Bibliothek ; 5(1877). - S. 130 Karl Offterdinger (1829-1889): Der junge Mozart am Klavier Copperplate print (Wikipedia Commons)

Mozart sometimes has a reputation for being a "safe" composer of "pleasant" music. But conductor Matt Aucoin says, look closer, and you'll find the mischievous Mozart who is not to be trusted.

Musically, Mozart's sense of play makes his works unpredictable and lively. Psychologically, his opera characters leave us wondering which is end is up and unsure what Mozart truly wants us to believe.

No opera demonstrates Mozart the Trickster better than Cosi fan Tutte. On this program, Aucoin features key arias and ensembles that show the wily side of Mozart. We also hear Mozart's brilliant and bawdy sense of humor in a pairing of keyboard works and the untranslatable canon, "Leck mich im Arsch."

 

Playlist

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così Fan Tutte, K. 588

Act 1: Sento, O Dio, Che Questo Piede

Rosa Mannion, Mezzo Soprano; Rodney Gilfry, Baritone; Rainer Trost, Tenor; Eirian James, Soprano; Carlos Feller, Bass; Amanda Roocroft, Soprano

English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Archiv Produktion (DG) 437829

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così Fan Tutte, K. 588

Act 1: Di Scrivermi Ogni Giorno

Rosa Mannion, Mezzo Soprano; Rodney Gilfry, Baritone; Rainer Trost, Tenor; Eirian James, Soprano; Carlos Feller, Bass; Amanda Roocroft, Soprano

English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Archiv Produktion (DG) 437829

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così Fan Tutte, K. 588

Act 1: Soave Sia Il Vento

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Soprano; Christa Ludwig, Mezzo Soprano; Alfredo Kraus, Tenor; Giuseppe Taddei, Baritone; Hannelore Steffek, Soprano; Walter Berry, Bass Baritone

Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus

Karl Böhm, Conductor

Emi Studio 69330

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così Fan Tutte, K. 588

Act 1: Come Scoglio

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Soprano; Christa Ludwig, Mezzo Soprano; Alfredo Kraus, Tenor; Giuseppe Taddei, Baritone; Hannelore Steffek, Soprano; Walter Berry, Bass Baritone

Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus

Karl Böhm, Conductor

Emi Studio 69330

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così Fan Tutte, K. 588

Ah, scostati!...Smanie implacabili

Janet Baker, Mezzo Soprano

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Sir Colin Davis

Philips 000586302

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492:

Giunse alfin il momento…Deh vieni, non tardar”

Dawn Upshaw, Soprano

Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

James Levine, Conductor

Deutsche Grammophon 431619

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 13 in B flat major K. 333 (315c).

I. Allegro

Malcolm Bilson, Piano

Hungaraton HGT31011

 

Leck mich im Arsch, K. 231

Chorus Viennensis

Philips

 

Piano Concerto #21 In C, K. 467, Elvira Madigan; 3. Allegro Vivace Assai

Alicia De Larrocha

English Chamber Orchestra

Colin Davis, Conductor

RCA/BMG

 

"A Musical Joke," K. 522 (Ein musikalischer Spass)

The English Concert

Andrew Manze, conductor

Harmonia Mundi 907280

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così Fan Tutte, K. 588

Act 2: Il Core Vi Dono

Rosa Mannion, Mezzo Soprano; Rodney Gilfry, Baritone; Rainer Trost, Tenor; Eirian James, Soprano; Carlos Feller, Bass; Amanda Roocroft, Soprano

English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Archiv Produktion (DG) 437829

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così Fan Tutte, K. 588

Act 2/Sc. 3: Fra Gli Amplessi In Pochi Istanti

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Soprano; Christa Ludwig, Mezzo Soprano; Alfredo Kraus, Tenor; Giuseppe Taddei, Baritone; Hannelore Steffek, Soprano; Walter Berry, Bass Baritone

Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus

Karl Böhm, Conductor

Emi Studio 69330

 

 

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