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Title: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: AB68 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.
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: val 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 AriƩ).
- 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).
 
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: hornteacher on May 10, 2007, 02:06:43 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Giovanni-Fleming-Pertusi-Scaltriti/dp/B0000042GY/ref=pd_bbs_3/002-4456605-3214401?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1178795133&sr=8-3


A more recent version by Solti with Renee Flemming and Bryn Terfel.
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: knight66 on May 10, 2007, 04:09:06 AM
This also is excellent.....a modern recording.

(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PBQTD4WHL._SS500_.jpg)

Mike
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: uffeviking on May 10, 2007, 04:15:42 AM
This also is excellent.....a modern recording.

(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PBQTD4WHL._SS500_.jpg)

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)
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: AB68 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.
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: knight66 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.

Mike
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: Mozart on May 10, 2007, 09:48:19 AM
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I am going to see in Prague this summer.

You Bastard!

My first and favorite DG
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Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: Sean 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.
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: Que on May 10, 2007, 09:54:30 AM
This is as good as it gets for non-HIP.

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004TEUU.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Q
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: Bunny on May 11, 2007, 03:42:15 AM
This is as good as it gets for non-HIP.

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004TEUU.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Q

Great minds must think alike. ;)

Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: stingo 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.
Title: Re: Mozart's Don Giovanni
Post by: Todd 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.