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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Bruscantini, Ghiaurov, Kraus

Release Date: 09/16/1997 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1144   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sesto BruscantiniAlfredo KrausWalter MonachesiOlivera Miljakovic,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra RomeItalian Radio Chorus Rome
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 1970 live Don Giovanni is an odd performance, not altogether satisfying (and certainly not up to the level of Giulini's magnificent EMI recording with Waechter and Sutherland), but with much to offer. Nicolai Ghiaurov is in his most luxurious voice as the Don, and if his interpretation is not subtle, well, who says it's supposed to be? Sesto Bruscantini is a fine foil for him as Leporello, savoring the text and singing with great style. Alfredo Kraus' Don Ottavio is very classy indeed; his many fans will surely need this set. Gundula Janowitz is an odd choice for Donna Anna since passion is one of the few emotions her silvery, fluttery sound is incapable of, but she can be very impressive in a foreign sort of way. Sena Jurinac's Donna Read more Elvira is well characterized but she sounds a bit tired at times. (Maybe Janowitz would've been better cast as Elvira?) The Zerlina is pretty mediocre and the others are simply okay. Carlo Maria Giulini leads the somewhat wayward but always willing Rome forces in a good show but somehow it all fails to take fire. Stick with Giulini on EMI unless Janowitz, Kraus, and Ghiaurov are "musts" in your life.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sesto Bruscantini (Bass Baritone), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Walter Monachesi (Bass),
Olivera Miljakovic (Mezzo Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
Dimiter Petkov (Bass), Sena Jurinac (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague 
Date of Recording: 05/12/1970 
Venue:  Live  Rome, Italy 
Language: Italian 

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