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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Abbado, Keenlyside, Remiglio, Et Al

Release Date: 08/11/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 457601   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Uwe HeilmannPatrizia PaceSoile IsokoskiBryn Terfel,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of EuropeFerrara Musica Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arguably the greatest opera ever written, the Mozart/Da Ponte depiction of the last twenty-four hours of the legendary libertine is performed here in the standard version combining the two versions Mozart prepared. Abbado offers modern instruments with certain nods to period performance practice--many appoggiaturas, comparatively fleet tempos, and some modest ornamentation.
The cast is stronger on the male side but there are no weak links. The three baritones are especially strong. Keenlyside offers a sexy, dangerous Don. Terfel, completing his traversal of the three baritone roles, is a saturnine, bitter Leporello while D'Arcangelo is a Masetto to be reckoned with. Heilmann offers a sweet-toned Ottavio who nevertheless cannot
Read more manage the famous run without a breath. Salminen is a cavernous Commendatore.
The women reverse the usual casting of Anna and Elvira, with Anna possessing the lighter voice. Isokowski is a powerful Elvira, a woman to be taken very seriously. Once the ear adjusts to the lack of steel, Reminfio is a fine Anna, like Callas and Moser phrasing the reprise of "Non mi dir" in a single span. Pace is a conventional Zerlina countering the recent trend to cast her as a mezzo. Read less

Works on This Recording

Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Uwe Heilmann (Tenor), Patrizia Pace (Soprano), Soile Isokoski (Soprano),
Bryn Terfel (Baritone), Carmela Remigio (Soprano), Simon Keenlyside (Baritone),
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass), Matti Salminen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Ferrara Musica Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Language: Italian 

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