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Mozart: Don Giovanni [Import, Box set]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Rene Jacobs , Freibruger Barockorchester , Johannes Weisser , Lorenzo Regazzo , Alexandrina Pendatchanska , Olga Pasichnyk , Kenneth Tarver , RIAS Kammerchor Sunhae Im , Alessandro Guerzoni Nikolay Borchev Audio CD
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With more than two hundred recordings to his credit and an intensive schedule as singer, conductor, scholar and teacher, René Jacobs has achieved an eminent position in the field of Baroque and Classical vocal music.

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  • Performer: Johannes Weisser, Lorenzo Regazzo, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Olga Pasichnyk, Kenneth Tarver, et al.
  • Orchestra: Freibruger Barockorchester
  • Conductor: Rene Jacobs
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B000SKJR10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ouvertura
2. No.1 Introuzione: Notte E Giorno Faticar
3. Recitativo: Leporello, Ove Sei?
4. Recitativo: Ah Del Padre In Periglio/No.2 Recitativo Accomp.: Ma Qual Mai S'offre, O Dei
5. Duetto: Fuggi, Crudele, Fuggi!
6. Recitativo: Orsu, Spicciati Presto
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Disc: 2
1. Recitativo: Lo Deggio Ad Ogni Patto
2. No.11 Aria: Fin Ch'han Dal Vino
3. Recitativo: Masetto: Senti Un Po'
4. No.12 Aria: Batti, Batti, O Bel Masetto
5. Recitativo: Guarda Un Po' Come Seppe
6. No.13 Finale: Presto Presto Pria Ch'ei Venga/Su Svegliatevi, Da Bravi
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Disc: 3
1. Recitativo: Dunque Quello Sei Tu/Recitativo: Ah Pieta.../Recitativo: Ferma, Perfido, Ferma...
2. Recitativo: Restati Qua!
3. No.21a Duetto: Per Queste Tue Manine
4. Recitativo: (Amico...) Guarda Un Po'come Stretto
5. Recitativo: Andiam, Andiam, Signora
6. No.21b Recitativo Accompagnato: In Quali Eccessi, O Numi
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much-Needed Freshness for an Old Classic October 9, 2007
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I was blown away by Rene Jacob's Cosi Fan Tutte. His follow-up rendition of Le Nozze di Figaro was also a fresh, fun, lively, and engaging, and forced listeners to this old classic to re-think the way we hear this jewel of standard operatic repertoire. Jacobs did it again with Mozart's oft-neglected masterpiece, La Clemenza di Tito, by breathing some serious life into this serious work. And today (9 October 2007) his long-awaited Don Giovanni has been released in the states, and far exceeds my expectations.

Like his three other recordings of Mozart's operas, Rene Jacobs is making us re-think what we consider to be "Mozartian." Years ago, Maria Callas criticized the habit performers have of singing and playing Mozart as though they were on their "tip-toes." Finally, Rene Jacobs gives us a reading that does not beat-around-the-bush with the mannered "tip-toed" singing and playing we are used to. Like his other Mozart releases for the HM label, this one is dramatic: sometimes tender, sometimes bombastic, sometimes hilarious, sometimes austere and horrifying, full of that 18th century "Sturm und Drang" that Mozart was famed for.

Indeed, Rene Jacobs has said that in a recording his singers "must act using only their voice." And this is what they do. The result is 3-CDs full of music where you will never find yourself skipping over any recitatives. His characters are fully developed and fully acted, with the instrumental ensemble (especially the often overlooked fortepiano continuo in the dry recitatives) providing the perfect support for the action. This is true musical drama the Jacobs gives us.

Much credit goes to Jacob's casting decisions. I cannot begin to express how impressed I am with Alexandrina Pendatchanska in the role of Donna Elvira.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And pigs the world over have taken flight! October 10, 2007
By gellio
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My passion for classical music and opera began about 11 years ago after finally seeing the movie Amadeus. I immediately began snapping up Mozart's works - including his operas. My first three purchases were Seraglio, Figaro and The Magic Flute. When the time came to purchase Don Giovanni, I began to do my research. Every guide I picked up recommended Guilini's above all. One reviewer went as far as to say there is a greater chance of pigs flying than a Don Giovanni that rivals Guilini's ever being recorded. Being that I loved his Figaro (became huge Wachter, Taddei, and Schwartzkopf fans through it) and after all the rave reviews, it was a no-brainer. After first hearing, I was obsessed with that recording. Other than an occassional listen to Figaro (my favorite opera) I listened the Giulini Don Giovanni non-stop for a good few months.

As I became more familiar with the work, I realized something - the Guiulini recording is phenomenal right up until the Commendatore Scene. Then it takes a wrong turn due to slow tempos and a complete lack of excitement and drama, especially in the orchestral playing and conducting. So, I began searching for more recordings of the work and made purchase after purchase, which resulted in disappointment after disappointment. I began to agree with the reviewer who said pigs would fly before a recording came along that rivaled Giulini's Don Giovanni.

With the astounding success of Jacob's Cosi, Figaro, and Clemenza (my favorite recordings of these works, I had high hopes for his Don Giovanni. After listening to this recording non-stop for the past two days, I can only conclude that somewhere over the farmlands pigs must be flying. This recording not only rivals Giulini, it tops it (and all other recordings I have) hands down!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brimming jewel-box! October 14, 2007
By Lala R.
Format:Audio CD
This recording has the signature Jacobs sound: sweeping and vibrant with lovingly punctuated, crisp details. The orchestra here is an assertive dramatic protagonist and competes with the singers, interrupting at will, or merging into breathtakingly seamless ensembles where you cannot tell where an instrument ends and a voice begins. All sounds seem to come from one mind, one throat; this orchestra truly sounds like a human being. The singers are a great cast. Especially faultless is Leporello of Lorenzo Regazzo with his thousand mercurial acting nuances. His rich, painterly voice of exceptional beauty is set against Don Giovanni, here a spoiled but charming youth sung by Johannes Weisser with a deliberately careless yet not unpleasing tone. These two characters and their relationship are particularly engaging. Pasichnyk is a strong, beautifully-voiced Donna Anna. Don Ottavio of Tarver is also one of the more pleasant-sounding voices of the cast. Pendatchanska interprets Donna Elvira as especially desperate and tormented, and it works. Im's Zerlina boasts precise coloratura. The entire cast is excellent, perfectly well-matched, and convincing in their roles.
The most satisfying aspect of the recording is that something so researched, and seeking so carefully to be accurate to the performance practices of Mozart's time sounds so fresh and beautiful, that it both validates Jacobs's approach and captivates and delights the lucky listener of any musical preference.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacobs triumphs again with Don Giovanni November 6, 2007
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Having heard Rene Jacob's mind-refreshing La Clemenza di Tito last year, I could hardly wait for his 2007 release of Mozart's Don Giovanni, an opera that has been my favourite since I learnt to love opera.
Many have already commented on the overall strength of this recording.
I would only share my marvel on Jacob's choice of the cast: there is virtually not one single weak link in the entire cast. Some singer surfaced over the rest - young Johannes Weisser in the title role is a real surprise for a 27 year-old. The three solo arias are not merely well sung, but novel and give the character a brand new dimension from the classic one set half a century ago by the great lyrical bass Cesare Siepi, and who has not been surpassed since. The Leporello indeed sounds peasant-like. None would ever mix him up with his boss, as in Giulini's all-time famous version. The only tenor Kenneth Tarver is a suave, courtier-like figure but with sufficient charisma to become the heroine's champion. Tarver in all respects equalled Alva in Giulini's version.
The real surprises come from the ladies - Olga Pasichnyk is a very satisfying Donna Anna. She isn't shrill or loud, but is full-voiced and pressing in her entrance, and dramatically effective in all the rest. Zerlina is a typical chirpy soubrette sung with charm and expressiveness that is seldom found in soubrettes. Sunhae Im rightfully claims to be the best Zerlina of her era.
The only slight disappointment in the trio of sopranos comes surprisingly from Alexandrina Pendatchanska, the singer who stood out reigning over the entire cast in Jacob's La Clemenza di Tito last year.
Donna Elvira sounds tired - yea, tired, right from the first aria. One misses the fiery outbursts of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in the Giulini and Furtwangler versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Alive....
I'm not a big opera listener -- I prefer to both watch and listen. What I do listen to tends pretty much to be Mozart plus a few selected works such as Carmen. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars I Have Seen The Light!
Until 31st December, 2011, I was a committed fan of Napalm Death and Skrewdriver; my idea of musical variety was checking out an Anthrax download. Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by Penny Lagrette
I'm a big fan of Rene Jacobs and I agree with his comments in the booklet, but this is dreadful. I listened to it 3 times but finally threw in the trash chute. Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by Milan Simich
3.0 out of 5 stars Parts greater than the Sum
The search for the perfect Don Giovanni has parallels with the quest for the Grail: it is not meant to be consummated this side of the Pearly Gates. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful
Much has already been said on this recording. I will mention two things that cause me to qualify my recommendation. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by CanadaCollector
2.0 out of 5 stars What a bummer
I bought this Don Giovanni on the great strengths of Jacobs' records of Figaro and Cosi, two fabulous sets made before the resident forte-pianist became a god and launched on an... Read more
Published on October 4, 2010 by pekinman
5.0 out of 5 stars SITTING NEXT TO MOZART
I just received this recording two days ago and I can't put it down. Let me start by saying I own one other recording (Harnoncourt with Gruberova and Hampson) and I thought that... Read more
Published on December 10, 2008 by SONG CYCLIST
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances in all areas
This is a fantastic Don Giovanni. I won't go into all the details of each area except one. This recording has the best, most creative accompanying of recitativi secchi I have... Read more
Published on August 30, 2008 by Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni is grand recording under the direction of René Jacobs. Johannes Weisser does a very good job in the role of Don Giovanni, and there are many fine performers... Read more
Published on August 24, 2008 by Bjorn Viberg
What is wrong with everyone ??? How is this a great Don Giovanni ??? It comes nowhere near what Mozart originally conceived as an opera! Read more
Published on April 29, 2008 by Opera Mystery
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