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Mozart - Don Giovanni / Gilfry, Orgonasova, Margiono, James, Prégardien, D'Arcangelo, Gardiner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , John Eliot Gardiner , Rodney Gilfry , Luba Orgonasova , The English Baroque Soloists , The Monteverdi Choir , Eirian James , Christoph Prégardien , Ildebrando D'Arcangelo , Julian Clarkson , Andrea Silvestrelli , Charlotte Margiono Audio CD
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Hailed by critics for his magnificent voice and stage presence, Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo has established himself as one of the most exciting singers of his generation. Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is well-known to audiences throughout Europe as well as North America. In his extensive work, both in opera and concert, he has collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo ... Read more in Amazon's Ildebrando D'Arcangelo Store

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  • Performer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Eliot Gardiner, Rodney Gilfry, Luba Orgonasova, The English Baroque Soloists, et al.
  • Audio CD (July 18, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0000057EV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Ouvertura
2. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 1. No. 1. Introduzione. Notte e giorno faticar
3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 2. Recitativo. Leporello, ove sei?
4. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 3. Recitativo. Ah! del padre in periglio / No. 2. Recitativo accompagnato e Duetto. Re
5. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 3. Duetto. Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!
6. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 4. Recitativo. Orsù, spicciati presto
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Disc: 2
1. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 15. Recitativo. Io deggio ad oggi patto
2. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 15. No. 11. Aria. Fin ch'han dal vino
3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 16. Recitativo. Masetto: senti un po'!
4. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 16. No. 12. Aria. Batti, batti, o bel Masetto
5. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 16. Recitativo. Guarda un po
6. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 16. No. 13. Finale. Presto presto pria ch'ei venga / Scene 17. Su svegliatevi, da brav
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Disc: 3
1. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 9. Recitativo. Dunque quello sei tu / Recitativo. Ah pietà... compassion / Scene 10. R
2. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 10a. Recitativo. Restati qua!
3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 10a. No. 21a. Duetto. Per queste tue manine
4. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 10b. Recitativo. Amico, per pietà / Scene 10c. Recitativo. Andiam, signora
5. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 10d. No. 21b. Recitativo accompagnato ed Aria. Recitativo accompagnato. In quali ecces
6. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 10d. Aria. Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata
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Mozart: Don Giovanni - Classical - Classical

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious! December 23, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Of the 3 Da Ponte operas, Don Giovanni is Gardiner's most successful recording. Hi fiery conducting is both stylish and exciting, not unlike the magnificent Carlo Maria Giulini. His cast is admirable, I certainly prefer a high baritone than a deep bass as Don Giovanni. Let's not forget that Mozart wrote the role for the 21 year old Luigi Bassi, sure labeled a bass, but later in life he became a tenor, so most certainly he was what we now call a baritone. Rodney Gilfry is suave and sexy in the title role, and he contrasts nicely with the Leporello and especially with the Commendatore. The Donna Anna takes the vocal honours of the recording, the great slovak soprano Luba Orgonasova is nothing short of sensational, worthy of the greatest Donna Annas ever recorded. Charlotte Margiono is no less exciting and even more moving, this Donna Elvira is madly in love with the rascal. The Zerlina is more annonymous and could have been improved. It was wise to choose an Italian as Leporello, as young as Don Giovanni, but vocally well diferentiated. The Commendatore is sonorous and commanding. The period orchestra is beyond praise. If you want a digital recording of the greatest of all operas, deffinitely choose this one. If you already own the classic Giulini set, still this great recording is certainly worth owning.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvellous Modern Don July 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This Don Giovanni is widely considered to be the best modern recording of all, and though I haven't heard all the recordings, I think this one would be hard to top. I've played it nearly every day since I got it!
For me, the star of this performance is conductor John Eliot Gardiner. Every time I hear one of his recordings I'm more convinced that he's one of the very best living conductors, and it shows in this fiercely dramatic Don. If you're used to another recording, like those of Giulini or Davis, you might find the overture and final scene to be breathlessly fast, but personally I find either option perfectly correct. But in any case don't assume that this recording is rushed simply because it is a period-instrument version. All of Gardiner's tempi probably do at least lean toward the quick side, but almost nothing here strikes me as excessive or idiosyncratic. The tempi here virtually always add to the effectiveness of the drama. Don Giovanni is one of the most brilliantly vigorous and enthusiastic operas ever written, and Gardiner's incisive conducting of the English Baroque Soloists, the orchestra he founded and clearly has a remarkable rapport with, brilliantly brings that out. I actually recommend heading to the final scene first of all--it really is a shocking, incredibly effective denouement, and in my opinion this version does it justice more than any other.
None of the singers stand out to me quite as much as Gardiner and his fantastic English Baroque Soloists, but this is not so much their inadequacy as the conductor's uniqueness and verve. In fact, they're all quite good and very equipped to cope with Mozartian challenges.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My top choice December 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Excellent performance! I had my initial reservations...originally borne of ignorance, I must confess. I mean, I wasn't sure about Luba Orgonosova as a Mozartian. The result? A most sultry, agile and vocally graceful Donna Anna! Donna Elvira gave me similar reverberations but, as if Charlotte Margiono's dramatic reading didn't already go a far way, her excellent vocal control and elegant line set the seal on that role. I've since discovered that Ms. Orgonosova is QUITE the coloratura diva! Her bargain Naxos set of arias have banished my previous ignorance. Simply put, she's amazing.

I've always found the Act 1 exchange between Donna Anna and Don Ottavio to be very moving. Pregardien's Don Ottavio is immediately compelling. All the warmth required to tell her that she has a father and lover in him, when appealing to her passions after her father's death. Yet, without ringing bravado, he is a firm, committed avenger ("Lo giuro!"). His "Dalla sua pace" is smooth, elegant and sublime.

I interject to say that this is the best recording that I've heard to date. I'm not going to dare say that this exceeds the Giulini but I do prefer it. Why? The singing is excellent, the conducting is superb and I've not encountered this much drama in ANY of the other readings I've heard! Just in case you miss it, let me inform you- this is a live recording (hence the superlative sense of drama). The audience is more than well-behaved...listen hard and maybe you'll hear a muffled cough or two but otherwise, not a peep.

Admittedly, I thought Raimondi was great but Gilfry is BRILLIANT! Consumed by his own virility and confidence, this Don Giovanni is the most believable. His laughter, sneers, jeers, passions...poignant delivery.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Giovanni of all February 9, 2002
By arturo
Format:Audio CD
i have heard many recordings of Mozart's Don Giovanni, and I can surely say that this one is the best, although is not perfect.
The High couple (Anna and Ottavio) is perfect arranged in Luba Orgonasova and Christoph Pregardièn voices. Charlote Mrgiono is the best Elvira since Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (only reached by Lynne Dawson, Cecilia Bartoli and Della Jones) and the pleasent couple is very hilarious with Eirian James (although I still prefer Barbara Bonney in this role) and Julian Clarkson. But the best thing in this Don Giovanni is the singer who leads the title role. Rodney Gilfry's voice has - at the same time - light and shade, fear and courage, anger and love, better than Fischer-Diskau, he is above all the baritones of his generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Recording
In my opinion this was Mozart's greatest opera and therefore in my opinion making the greatest opera ever written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael P. McParland
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last - An Outstanding Don Giovanni!
I have looked for years for a satisfying recording of this most perplexing opera. There are parts of Don Giovanni that are exquisitely lyrical, but other parts are dark indeed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert B. Lamm
3.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC EXCEPT THE DON
This is a terrific Don, except that Gilfry, while good doesn't dominate the opera like a Don should. The Masseto has more personality than Gilfrey as the Don.Too bad. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by Milan Simich
4.0 out of 5 stars A lively, convincing "Giovanni" on stage -- but it has been surpassed
John Eliot Gardiner was born under th luckiest star imaginable, given that his not exactly stellar talent has been enough to earn lavish over-praise for his entire career. Read more
Published on November 11, 2008 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I join the praise bestowed on Gardiner and the cast by others already and I add a couple of points. First, Gilfry is perfectly cast, and I mean perfectly. Read more
Published on November 21, 2007 by MK
2.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Donna Anna
John Elliot Gardiner's way with most music (including Mozart) is to strip almost all color from the orchestra and (especially) from the singers in an amateurish attempt at being... Read more
Published on February 13, 2006 by Pococat
5.0 out of 5 stars Once you start listening, you can't stop
Taking a chance, I bought this CD set with little knowledge of opera and only having heard Act II, Scene XV of Don Giovanni from another CD set. Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by Ab H. Gamble
4.0 out of 5 stars eliot-gardner in mozarts greatest opera
while the overture may seem perverselybrisk for some(it did to me)eliot-gardner emerges from this recording as the most stylish period instrument specialist since hogwood burst... Read more
Published on May 27, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars eliot-gardner in mozarts greatest opera
while the overture may seem perverselybrisk for some(it did to me)eliot-gardner emerges from this recording as the most stylish period instrument specialist since hogwood burst... Read more
Published on May 27, 1999
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