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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

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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 

Sound Samples

Don Giovanni: Overture
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Notte e giorno faticar"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Non sperar, se non m'uccidi"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Ah, soccorso!... son tradito..."
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Leporello, ove sei?"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Ma qual mai s'offre, o Dei"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Fuggi, crudel, fuggi!"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Orsù, spicciati preso."
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Ah! chi mi dice maì"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Stelle! che vedo"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Madamina, il catalogo è questo"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Giovinette, che fate all'amore"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Manco male, è partita"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Ho capito, signor sì!"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Alfin siam liberati"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Là ci darem la mano"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Fermati, scellerato"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Ah, fuggi il traditor"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Mi par ch'oggi il demonio si diverta"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Non ti fidar, o misera"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Povera sventurata"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Don Ottavio... son morta!"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Or sai chi l'onore"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Come mai creder deggio"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Dalla sua pace la mia dipende"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Io deggio, ad ogni patto"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Fin ch'han del vino"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Masetto... senti un pò"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Guarda un pò come seppe"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Presto, presto... pria che venga"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Signor, guardate un poco"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Protegga il giusto cielo"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Riposate, vezzose ragazze"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Venite pur avanti"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Ricominciate il suono"
Don Giovanni: Act I, "Ecco il birbo che t'ha offesa"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Eh via, buffone, non mi seccar"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Lepporello!... Signore"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Ah! taci, ingiusto core"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Amico, che ti par?"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Deh! vieni alla finestra, o mio tesoro"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "V'è gente alla finestra"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Metà di voi qui vadano"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Zitto ... Lascia ch'io senta"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Vedrai, carino, se sei buonino"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Di molte faci il lume"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Sola, sola in buio loco"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Mille torbidi pensieri"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Dunque quello sei tu che il lume"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Ah! pietà, signori miei!"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Ferma, perfido; ferma..."
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Il mio tesoro intanto"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "In quali eccessi, o Numi!"
Don Giovanni: Act II, "Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata"

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