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Furtwangler and the Weiner Phil. are really just astounding here. From the opening bars of the overture to the final bars of the Banquet scene, they take Mozart's masterpiece and take it to a new level. The production by Paul Czinner is great, especally in the final scene, where Clemens Holzmeister's rather piquese set walls are suddenly transformed into the very gates off hell, with red flames and devilish shadows playing off the walls.
The cast is uniformaly excellent. it is Ceasere Siepi was THE don of his day. Here you can see why. His Don is astounding, an demon in a nobleman's clothing. So seductive with Zerlina, so violent and cruel with his manservent, and in the final moment of retrobution, his acting is excellent, the best I've seen yet, and his scream of terror as he is dragged off to hell by shrouded demons, is not one to be forgotten. Plus he sings like a dream, his bass voice outdoing any Competertors.
His supporting cast is uniformaly excellent, Otto Edelmann is an excellent foil to Siepi, with a strong voice and impecable comic timing. Elisabeth Grummer's Anna is simply awe-inspiring, tossing off her arias with not only vocal perfectgion but excellent acting. Lisa Della Casa is perhaps not the best Donna Elvira of the era (That would be Schwarzkopf, who she was a last minute replacement for) but her acting is superb, and she stands out amoung a great cast as truely excellent.Read more ›
The singers are terrific, especially Siepi, Edelmann, Della Casa, Grummer, and Berger. They work wonderfully as an ensemble and as soloists. Sound balances between singers and orchestra are also excellent. There are audio recordings of these same soloists working with Furtwangler in this and other operas during the early 1950s, so they were obviously quite used to working together. Della Casa, Grummer, and Berger are the best in the females roles that I have heard, and I have seven recordings of this work, between CD and DVD releases.
DG is to be commended for keeping this before the public, as are the video director of this production, and those who worked 51 years ago to preserve it for the ages. Highly recommended!
All other singers in this cast are perfectly cast in their roles.The beuty of the singers voices comes very well across due to the fact that all the singers here have excellent vocal technique. Something that is very often missing in more recent productions.The orchestra is beatiful. And furtwangler's tempi are always right on the money.
So if you want to see a modern production with Don Giovanni happening on the moon then this is not for you.
If you like singers that sound bad due to lack of vocal technique then this is not for you.
If you like your acting over the top and vulgar than this is not for you.
However if you like excellent singing and tasteful artistry than this is not only the best Don Giovanni you will ever see. It is the best production of any opera ever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The performance - action and music - is fluid and a harmonious whole. What's more, Furtwangler has a way of getting the music, rather than the "clock", to lead, so as to... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
When you get this magnificent DVD by Deutsche Grammophon, you get the subtitles in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, and CHINESE! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roo Bookaroo
Extremely enjoyable; hard to imagine a better production of Don Giovanni.Published 7 months ago by metsentry
The best version of Don Giovanni. Brilliant music, singing, and staging!Published 8 months ago by Olympian
Siepi was Samuel Ramey's mentor, so no wonder I also fell in love with Siepi. Ramey of course was a DG like none other. Get them both. I did.Published 17 months ago by deirdre
Siepi is, of course, the main star of the show here. But he is nicely matched by the great oversized heldenbasso Otto Edelmann, whose big voice and good-humored personal charisma... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Theodore Shulman
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