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Mozart: Don Giovanni

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: Don Giovanni

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Mozart Don Giovanni Ruggero Raimondi bass-bar                                Don Giovanni Margaret Price sop                                         Donna Anna Julia Varady sop                                         Donna Elvira Lucia Popp sop                                                Zerllna Hermann Winkler ten                                       Don Ottavio Stafford Dean bass                                          Leporello Enrico Fissore bass                                           Masetto Kurt Moll bass                                           Commendatore 

Chorus of Bavarian State Opera; Bavarian State Orchestra / Wolfgang Sawallisch Orfeo [M] (3) C846153D 060' * ADD) Recorded live, July 12, 1973

This was the first new staging of Don Giovanni at the rebuilt Nationaltheater in Munich. The producer, Giinther Rennert, decided on Mozart's original version for Prague in 1787, with the addition of Elvira's recitative and aria composed for Vienna; no 'Dalla sua pace', therefore. The mouth-watering cast was conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch. His rallentandos at the end of arias--fine by me--will be thought exaggerated by Historically Informed ears. What surely can't be gainsaid is his unerring instinct for the right basic tempo. The duet for Anna and Ottavio after the Commendatore's murder gains immeasurably from a steady speed; while the Champagne aria is fast and light, but not a scramble. Other examples include the entry of the masked characters, fast and urgent, and the deliberate tread of the statue's arrival for dinner. …

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