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Don Giovanni, K 527 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Walter Kreppel (Bass Baritone),
Irmgard Seefried (Soprano),
Ivan Sardi (Bass),
Karl [bass baritone] Kohn (Bass),
Ernst Haefliger (Tenor),
Maria Stader (Mezzo Soprano),
Sena Jurinac (Soprano),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Written: 1787; Prague
Date of Recording: 1958
Venue: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany
Length: 165 Minutes 32 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Fricsay's Don Giovanni, a classic recording October 28, 2012
By EVANGELOS AKTOUDIANAKIS (VRILISSIA, ATHENS) See All My Reviews
"Ferenc Fricsay, one of the greatest conductors of the past century, was only 48 and on the verge of international celebrity when he died in 1963. His legasy after this short career is many unsurpassed recordings from mono and stereo era. Who could forget Beethoven's Fidelio, Eroica, 5, 7 and 9 symphonies, Dvorak's 'New World symphony, Bartok piano concertos and Brahms second piano concerto with Geza Anda, Mozart's 29 and the three last symphonies, The Magic Flute, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Liszt's Les Preludes, Tchaikovsky's Pathetique, Wagners Flying Dutchman ... and many- many other DG masterpieces. Here we discuss about Mozart'z Don Giovanni, a 1958 stereo recording prized with the Grand Prix du Disque 1960, a strong urgent performance with a group of Mozart specialists as Maria Stader, Imgard Seefried, Ernst Haefliger and above all Fischer-Dieskau's youthfully singing as Don Giovanni. The Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin supports this high dramatic and classic recording. I have four Don Giovanni recordings. The EMI, great Klemperer's set, a 1966 recording with the granite like Klemperer's -a little heavy - style, so you have the sense that you may meet the statue threatening in every place, but the singing is very good - a wonderful cast indeed. Second, the very simple in original instruments Ostmans - Drottningholm 1990 Decca performance with very good singing too and a so sweet Barbara Bonney as Zerlina, so that one could excuse Don Giovanni for his
preference and third, the Rene Jacobs's Harmonia Mundi 2007 recording in original instruments too with rich very rich 'baroque sound and youthfully suberb singing. The fourth is Fricsays Don Giovanni in a superior Mozarts spirit, a must to have in every way recording for the Mozarts lovers and Fricsays funs."