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

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Mozart: Don Giovanni - Classical - Classical

Track Listings

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
  7. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 5. No. 3. Aria. Ah! chi mi dice mai
  8. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 5. Recitativo. Chi Ã.. là? / Stelle! che vedo!
  9. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 5. No. 4. Aria. Madamina, il catalogo Ã.. questo
  10. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 6. Recitativo. In questa forma, dunque
  11. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 7. No. 5. Coro. Giovinette che fate all'amore
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 8. Recitativo. Manco male è partita
  13. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 8. No. 6. Aria. Ho capito, signor sì
  14. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 9. Recitativo. Alfin siam liberati
  15. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 9. No. 7. Duettino. Là ci darem la mano
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 10. Recitativo. Fermati, scellerato
  17. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 10. No. 8. Aria. Ah, fuggi il traditor
  18. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 11. Recitativo. Mi par ch'oggi il demonio si diverta / Scene 12. Recitativo. Ah, ti ri
  19. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 12. No. 9. Quartetto. Non ti fidar, o misera
  20. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 12. Recitativo. Povera sventurata!
  21. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 13. No. 10. Recitativo accompagnato ed Aria. Recitativo accompagnato. Don Ottavio, son
  22. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 13. Aria. Or sai chi l'onore
  23. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 14. Recitativo. Come mai creder deggio
  24. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 14. No. 10a. Aria. Dalla sua pace (KV 540a)

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
  7. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 18. Tra quest'arbori celata
  8. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 19. Bisogna aver coraggio
  9. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1. Scene 20. Riposate, vezzose ragazze!
  10. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 1. No. 14. Duetto. Eh via, buffone
  11. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 1. Recitativo. Leporello / Signore
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 2. No. 15. Terzetto. Ah! taci, ingiusto core
  13. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 2. Recitativo. Amico, che ti par? / Scene 3. Eccomi a voi!
  14. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 3. No. 16. Canzonetta. Deh, vieni alla finestra
  15. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 4. No. 17. Aria. Metà di voi qua vadano
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 5. Recitativo. Zitto! lascia ch'io senta / Scene 6. Recitativo. Ahi! ahi! la testa mia
  17. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 6. No. 18. Aria. Vedrai, carino
  18. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 7. Recitativo. Di molte faci il lume
  19. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 7-8. No. 19. Sestetto. Sola, sola, in buio loco

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
  7. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 11. Recitativo. Ah, ah, ah, ah, questa Ã.. buona
  8. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 11. No. 22. Duetto. O statua gentilissima
  9. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 12. Recitativo. Calmatevi, idol mio
  10. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 12. No. 23. Recitativo accompagnato e Rondo. Recitativo accompagnato. Crudele! - Ah no
  11. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Scene 12. Rondo. Non mi dir, bell'idol mio
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Appendix. Recitativo. Dunque quello sei tu
  13. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Appendix. No. 20. Aria. Ah, pietà, signori miei
  14. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Appendix. Recitativo. Ferma, perfido, ferma
  15. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Appendix. No. 21. Aria. Il mio tesoro intanto
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Appendix. Recitativo. Ah, ah, ah, ah, questa è buona / No. 22. Duetto. O staua gentilissima


Product Details

  • 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
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0000057EV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Luis Juarez Echenique on December 23, 1999
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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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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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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. In fact, I think the opera is a bit schizophrenic in that regard. Perhaps that is why, until now, I have not found a recording that maintains a perfect balance of these two elements. Well, I think I can turn off my lantern; this is it.

I'm frankly tired of all the debates about "original" music and whether the orchestra has been slimmed down enough, too much, etc. From the debates, one would think that Gardiner's orchestra consists of one violin and a harpsichord, or maybe even just a kazoo. If that's your concern, forget it - the orchestra, however big or little it may be, is just right. His tempi are as well, so I'm equally fed up with the discussions of whether he plays this or that aria too quickly; in no case are his tempi breakneck. And he balances the disparate components of this opera.

And the singing is divine. Every single cast member is just right, and some are perfectly so - most notably the superb Luba Orgonosova. I was disappointed in her solo album - her singing is lovely but every piece sounds the same - but she shines under Gardiner and is a perfect Donna Anna. There have been complaints about Rodney Gilfry - his voice lies too high, he's not smarmy enough, blah blah blah. Is he the perfect Don? Probably not, but he's more than good enough.

I'm not going to pitch my second favorite recording - the recent one conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin; among other things, the men on that recording are magnificent (other than the Commendatore, who's weak) even if the female roles aren't quite as good. However, I suspect this is the recording I'm likely to keep coming back to.
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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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