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Mozart's Don Giovanni
« on: May 09, 2007, 10:47:34 PM »
I am not very familiar with operas. I have only seen 2 or 3 opera performances in my entire life. So I need a reccomandation for Don Giovanni which I am going to see in Prague this summer.
A complete recording of this opera that is available on Amazon.
Hope somebody can reccomend some good recordings. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2007, 12:30:42 AM »
My preferred version is a legendary one, conducted by Fritz Busch, with the best Don Giovanni I ever heard, John Brownlee, and also with the best Leporello, Salvatore Baccaloni. It is a recording made in 1936 (?) in the Glyndenbourne Festival.

But there are other very good versions:

- Giulini, with Sutherland, Schwarzkopf and Sciutti (the best female trio I know).
- Rosbaud, with Stich Randal, Gedda and Danco (and the best Comendatore, Rafael Arié).
- Fricsay, with Fischer Dieskau and Seefried. (but I never liked much F. Dieskau as Don Giovanni, he seems too artificial. The best of this version is the direction of Fricsay and the best Zerlina I know, Irmgard Seefried).
- Haitink, with Allen (a superb direction of Haitink, perhaps the best since Fritz Busch, a good Don Giovanni by Thomas Allen and a superb  Elvira, Maria Ewing; the other soloists are not at the same level).
 

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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2007, 04:09:06 AM »
This also is excellent.....a modern recording.



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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2007, 04:15:42 AM »
This also is excellent.....a modern recording.



Mike

This is the one I have been waiting for to come out on DVD; no luck so far. Can you tell us more about it? Is it as great as I expect from those two outstanding young singers and actors? I finally gave in and ordered the CD and it's on the way, should have it in a few days.  8)

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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2007, 04:20:48 AM »
Thanks for the reccomendations. I chose the Haitink version, hope it's as good as the reviews suggest. Can't wait to hear it.

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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2007, 06:37:31 AM »
Lis, It is an excellent all round version and the two main-men are both excellent. I am certain you will enjoy it. Abbado rarely fires blanks these days.

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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2007, 09:48:19 AM »
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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2007, 09:48:39 AM »
I also bought the Haitink on CD, he's highly recommendable in Mozart and this is a particularly rich and rewarding effort all round. I got to know the piece, my first opera, from the Klemperer on LP and though flawed the conducting is superb and a fine way of getting into his suitably charmless and stoic classical style, finding things no one else does, and of course it has a special place for me.

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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2007, 09:54:30 AM »
This is as good as it gets for non-HIP.



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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2007, 03:42:15 AM »
This is as good as it gets for non-HIP.



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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2007, 12:31:47 PM »
I saw the Terfel/Fleming DG DVD a while back and enjoyed it. Levine does a fine job with the orchestra too.

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Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2007, 02:04:43 PM »
Giulini first.  If you feel a need for something in better, more modern sound (and you very well may not), then Abbado.
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