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Musicologist Ian Woodfield was working on the chronology of Così’s composition, studying the autograph of Act I, when he realised that Mozart had sometime leftgaps where pronouns should appear, in one case an option provided later by another’s hand. Add some crossings-out, and he pondered the idea that Mozart had wavered in his intentions; consequently Woodfield developed a theory that Mozart could have intended the men to woo not each other’s partner, the traditional Così, but their own: as he calls it, a ‘might- have-been’ version. So this recording will not be anyone’s first choice, but makes an interesting supplement to a collection. The chorus is eliminated, as are some arias; one aria is reinstated, one reassigned. Recorded live at 2014 performances by the European Opera Centre, it offers accomplished and youthful performances from its cast, and enjoyably propulsive conducting from Laurent Pillot.

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