Customer Reviews for: Mozart: Don Giovanni / D'Arcangelo, Damrau, Villazon, DiDonato, Nezet-Seguin, Mahler CO

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 Lowering standards at Deutsche Grammaphon October 14, 2012
By William  S. -- See All My Reviews
I'm surprised that Deutsche Grammophon has released such a poor recording. Nezet-Srguin is sloppy, has no opinions about either the music or the drama except "I like the pretty music, " and lets the singers get away with all sorts of inaccuracies, bad rhythm, lousy diction, poor intonation and pointless crooning. Nezet-Seguin's tempi are at best bang-y and banal, at worst, self-indulgent. The voices are mis-cast and no one except DiDonato sings with any commitment to language or drama. The difficulties of the role of the Don are clearly beyond D'Arcangelo's overly dark bass and he is often flat and behind the beat. Villazon's attempt to rebuild his voice has resulted in a thin, pinched and nasal sound which does not lend itself to the vocal ardor desirable in Don Ottavio. This is one of the worst recordings of "Don Giovanni" I have heard in many years and represents a distinct decline in the standards of Deutsche Grammaphon. Now I have to listen to Siepi and Mittropoulos or Ramey and von Karajan or one the many other great recordings I have get this mess out of my head. Report Abuse

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