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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Wachter, Sutherland, Giulini


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 66799   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elisabeth SchwarzkopfGraziella SciuttiGottlob FrickPiero Cappuccilli,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At last. The 1959 Giulini Don Giovanni has been digitally remastered and made available on CD. Philip Hope-Wallace, reviewing the original release, thought that it was worth a year at a foreign university. Well, I don't know if I'd go that far; but it is extremely difficult to choose between this and the Davis performance on Philips for non-stop momentum born of deep understanding of the musical expression of character and dramatic motivation.

There is no doubt that the orchestral playing here is unsurpassed. From the depth and precision of the opening chords to the fugitive spirit of dance which no one else quite captures, the Philharmonia under Giulini become a second cast on their own. So often the tiniest detail—the
Read more weight of a chord, the length of a silence, the linking curve of a phrase, the parting of the inner voices of the strings—stage-manages the drama more shrewdly than a good many theatre directors ever do. That having been said, I find Davis's pacing marginally more exciting. Giulini does, one feels, occasionally hold back to allow a voice its moment of glory; and the Act I finale hasn't quite that thrilling inexorability as the dance hurtles from form to chaos.

The presence of Dame Joan Sutherland does have its drawbacks as well as its glory. Her Donna Anna is never quite a "furia disperata"; the comparative weakness of her lower register and her lack of real impulse in phrasing make her as weak a match for Schwarzkopf's Elvira as Te Kanawa's Elvira is for Arroyo's superb Anna for Davis. Only Haitink on EMI, it seems, with Vaness and Ewing, has a pair equally matched, at least in dramatic credibility: Glyndebourne's team casting is, of course, its great strength.

Schwarzkopf's Elvira, together with the orchestral playing, is the glory of this Don Giovanni. Listen to their relationship in "In quali eccessi": it could hardly be more potent, more intensely Mozartian. She understands the rhythmic and melodic psychology of her every second on stage. So does this Don Giovanni: though Waechter's thrusting physicality and diabolic laughter leave us just short of the sheer fascination of Wixell's hunter (Davis) or Allen's chilling seducer (Haitink).

The casting of the smaller parts doesn't make for such vibrant theatre as in either Davis or Haitink; but the care originally lavished on the production by Walter Legge is celebrated in remastering which cuts out glare and distortion, while losing none of the depth and perspective which belong uniquely to Giulini's reading.

-- Gramophone [12/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1. Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Graziella Sciutti (Soprano), Gottlob Frick (Bass),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Eberhard Wächter (Baritone), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano),
Luigi Alva (Tenor), Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 

Sound Samples

Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster): Overture (Orchestra)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Introduction: Notte e giorno faticar (Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Non sperar, se non m'uccidi (Donna Anna/Don Giovanni/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Lasciala, indegno! (Commendatore/Don Giovanni/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One, Recitative & Duet: Recitative: Ah del padre in periglio (Donna Anna/Ottavio)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene One, Recitative & Duet: Duet: Fuggi, crudele, fuggi! (Donna Anna/Don Ottavio)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Recitative: Orsù, spicciati presto (Don Giovanni/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Aria: Ah, chi mi dice mai (Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Recitative: Chi è là? (Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Aria: Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Coro: Giovinette che fate all'amore (Zerlina/Coro/Masetto)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Recitative: Manco male è partita (Don Giovanni/Leporello/Zerlina/Masetto)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Aria: Ho capito, signor, sì! (Masetto)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three, Recitative & Duet: Recitative: Alfin siam liberati (Don Giovanni/Zerlina)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three, Recitative & Duet: Duet: Là ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni/Zerlina)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Recitativo: Fermati, scellerato! (Donna Elvira/Zerlina/Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Aria: Ah! fuggi il traditor! (Donna Elvira)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three, Recitative & Quartet: Recitative: Mi par ch'oggi il demonio si diverta (Don Giovanni/Don Ottavio/Donna Anna/Donna Elvira)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three, Recitative & Quartet: Quartet: Non ti fidar, o misera (Don Giovanni/Don Ottavio/Donna Anna/Donna Elvira)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three, Recitative & Aria:: Recitative: Don Ottavio, son morta! (Donna Anna/Don Ottavio)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three, Recitative & Aria:: Aria: Or sai chi l'onore (Donna Anna)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three, Recitative & Aria:: Aria: Dalla sua pace (Don Ottavio)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Recitative: Io deggio ad ogni patto (Leporello/Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Aria: Finch'han dal vino (Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Four: Recitative: Masetto, senti un po' (Zerlina/Masetto)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Four: Aria: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto (Zerlina)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Four: Recitative: Guarda un po' (Masetto/Don Giovanni/Zerlina)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Four, Finale: Presto, presto, pria ch'ei venga (Masetto/Zerlina/Don Giovanni/Coro)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Four, Finale: Tra quest'arbori celata (Zerlina/Don Giovanni/Masetta)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Four, Finale: Bisogna aver coraggio (Donna Elvira/Don Ottavio/Donna Anna/Leporello/Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Four, Finale: Protegga il giusto cielo/Vendichi il giusto cielo (Donna Anna/Don Ottavio/Donna Elvira)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Five: Riposate, vezzose ragazze (Don Giovanni/Leporello/Masetto/Zerlina)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Five: Venite pur avanti (Leporello/Don Giovanni/Donna Anna/Donna Elvira/Don Ottavio)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Five: Ricominciate il suono! (Don Giovanni/Leporello/Donna Elvira/Donna Anna/Don Ottavio/Masetto/Zerlina)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Five: Ecco il birbo, che t'ha offesa! (Don Giovanni/Leporello/Don Ottavio/Donna Elvira/Donna Anna)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act I, Scene Five: Trema, trema, o scellerato! (Don Giovanni/Leporello/Don Ottavio/Donna Elvira/Donna Anna)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Duet: Eh via, buffone, non mi seccar! (Don Giovanni/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Recitative: Leporello!....Signore? (Don Giovanni/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Terzetto: Ah taci, inguisto coro! (Donna Elvira/Leporello/Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Recitative: Eccomi a voi (Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Canzonetta: Deh vieni all finestra (Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Recitative: V'è gente alla finestra (Don Giovanni/Masetto)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Aria: Metà di voi qua vadano (Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Recitative: Zitto, lascia ch'io senta (Don Giovanni/Masetto/Zerlina)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Aria: Vedrai, carino, se sei buonino (Zerlina)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two, Sextet: Sola, sola in buio loco (Donna Elvira/Leporello/Don Ottavio/Donna Anna)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two, Sextet: Ferma, briccone, dove ten vai? (Zerlina/Masetto/Donna Anna/Don Ottavio/Donna Elvira/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two, Sextet: Mille torbidi pensieri (Zerlina/Masetto/Donna Anna/Don Ottavio/Donna Elvira/Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Aria: Ah, pietà, signori miei! (Leporello)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Aria: il mio tesoro (Don Ottavio)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two, Recitative & Aria: Recitative: In quali eccessi, o Numi (Donna Elvira)
Don Giovanni (2002 Digital Remaster), Act II, Scene Two, Recitative & Aria: Aria: Mi tradì, quell'alma ingrata (Donna Elvira)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Still the very best. February 11, 2014 By Stephen Marmer (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "I love this opera. I have heard it live in numerous performances with Thomas Allen, Rodney Gilfrey, Samuel Ramey, and others as the Don. I have more than a dozen CD versions, among which I particularly like Demetri Metropolis take. I also have many pre-war versions, and two with Bruno Walter are beyond compare. (Unfortunately the most exciting one is a radio transcription from 1937-8 that is exciting beyond compare but very difficult to listen to.) But time after time I come back to this recording. Giulini has captured the essence of the opera, its comic and its tragic aspects, and has gotten beautiful performances out of the orchestra and the singers. If the house were burning down, this would be among the first CDs I would run in to rescue." Report Abuse
 I Got Goosebumps!  November 29, 2011 By Christian Withers (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "Possibly the best recording of Mozart's greatest opera, with a climax that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck! I have an earlier issue of this, but I'm sure this one sounds just as good (reissues usually improve or at least maintain sound quality). Get it at this price while you can!" Report Abuse
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