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Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights) / Harding, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 63304   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gilles CachemaillePeter MatteiLisa LarssonCarmela Remigio,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The following review is for the complete opera recording, from which this CD's highlights are taken.

Whew! This may not be the most perfectly sung Don Giovanni available, but hands down it's the most exciting--more so than the Gardiner, which is more polished, and up there with the old, and somewhat old-fashioned Mitropolous on Sony. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra plays on modern instruments but with period timpani (which add great "thwap" and tension whenever they appear) and period brass (which makes Mozart's score buzz with agitation every time they show up). Twenty-three-year-old conductor Daniel Harding leads a furiously fast reading, with recitatives flying by at conversational speed. Indeed, these busy
Read more characters interact in what feels like real time (the recording is taken from a live performance, so there's plenty of dramatic give-and-take, and stage noises rarely get in the way). The final chord of the penultimate scene is held to a point of almost unbearable tension and the final sextet begins immediately on its heels. The effect is stunning.

In Peter Mattei (a Swede of Italian background, I believe) we have a Don as spontaneous and mercurial as we'd like. His light, Hampson-like baritone is agile and beautiful (even more than Hampson's), and vocally at least, he's a smooth actor, capable of both real seduction--in "La ci darem..." and the second act Serenade--and stupendous arrogance. He polishes off "Finch'an del vino" in 70 seconds and never backs down--rhythmically or tonally--even when faced with eternal damnation. The Leporello is Gilles Cachemaille, so superb with Arnold Östman on L'Oiseau-Lyre but even better here, singing with real bite. Mark Padmore's Don Ottavio is very light-voiced, but he focuses the tone right on the text and is very effective nonetheless (although Harding almost drives him crazy in "Il mio tesoro"). Till Fechner's Masetto is outraged but servile and Gudjon Oskarsson's Commendatore has great presence, even without a true booming-bass sound.

The women, aside from Veronique Gens' daring, offended, remarkably well sung Donna Elvira, are more problematic. Carmela Remigio's Donna Anna is nicely conceived and she has all the notes--even for the most challenging parts of "Non mi dir"--but the sound itself has little appeal. Lisa Larson's Zerlina strays from pitch often enough to be irritating. As suggested above, the playing of the orchestra is first rate (though a bit scrambly in very fast passages) and the 12-voice chorus has all the energy needed. I've played this set five times now, and while I keep wishing for more firmness from the two troublesome women (and a bit more heft from our Ottavio), I find this set irresistible.

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

1.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Madamina, il catalogo è questo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gilles Cachemaille (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone), Lisa Larsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Don Ottavio...son morta! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Carmela Remigio (Soprano), Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Or sai chi l'onore by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Carmela Remigio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Come mai creder deggio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Dalla sua pace by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Finch' han dal vino [Brindisi] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Masetto, senti un po'! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello), Jory Vinikour (Harpsichord), Till Fechner (Bass),
Lisa Larsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Batti, batti o bel Masetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Larsson (Soprano), Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Tra quest'arbori celata (Act I finale) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Larsson (Soprano), Till Fechner (Bass), Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Bisogna aver coraggio (Act I finale) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano), Peter Mattei (Baritone), Carmela Remigio (Soprano),
Mark Padmore (Tenor), Gilles Cachemaille (Bass)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Ah taci, ingiusto core by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano), Gilles Cachemaille (Bass), Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Vedrai, carino se sei buonino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Larsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Il mio tesoro intanto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Don Giovanni, K 527: In quali eccessi...Mi tradì quell' alma ingrata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Véronique Gens (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
Don Giovanni, K 527: O statua gentilissima by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Guodjon Oskarsson (Bass), Peter Mattei (Baritone), Gilles Cachemaille (Bass)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell' idol mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Carmela Remigio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Don Giovanni, a cenar t'eco m'invinasti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gilles Cachemaille (Bass), Guodjon Oskarsson (Bass), Peter Mattei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Don Giovanni: Overtura
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Madamina, il catalogo è questo
Don Giovanni, KV 527, Act 1: "Là ci darem la mano": Mozart: Don Giovanni, KV 527, Act 1: "Là ci darem la mano"
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Don Ottovio, son morta
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Or sai chi l'onore
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Come mai creder deggio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Dalla sua pace
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Fin ch'han dal vino
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Masetto, senti un po'
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Tra quest'arbori celata
Don Giovanni, ATTO 1: Bisogna aver coraggio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Ah taci, ingiusto core
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Deh, vieni alla finestra
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Vedrai, carino
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Il mio tesoro intanto
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: In quali eccessi, o Numi
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Mi tradi, quell'alma ingrata
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: O statua gentilissima
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Crudele? Ah no, mio bene!
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Non mi dir, bell'idol mio
Don Giovanni, ATTO 2: Don Giovanni, a cenar teco

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