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

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 One of the best... December 21, 2012
By Michael Travis Risner (Denver, CO) -- See All My Reviews
This recording is delightful from start to fininsh. I agree with most of the other reviewers in that the conducting is relatively weak and lacks an overall vision for the work, but those things can be easily overlooked unless you're an orchestra snob. The singing is fine all around. I believe this to be the most stongly cast group of female singers for this opera on record. Damrau is a perfect light-dramatic Anna capturing both her inner confusion and outward malice toward the Don. DiDonato is simply the best Elvira I've ever heard. There isn't a better interpretation of the role out there. She owns the role from top to bottom. Villazon is serviceable as Ottavio - the Mozart light-lyric tenor is my least favorite fach, but it's refreshing to hear him again particularly in lighter repertoire. He is a wonderful musician even if the voice isn't quite as rich as before. I think Pisaroni and d'Arcangelo should have switched roles. I much prefer a lighter-voiced Don like Keenlyside or even Weisser compared to the black velvet of a true bass. Let me say that I feel like d'Arcangelo should have recorded this role and his Mozart CD ten years ago. The sound is big and rich and powerful, but I gave his Leporello under Gardiner and his Masetto under Abaddo another listen and that is the voice I want in the Don. It is simply too dark and husky for my taste. Technically, he's tough to beat. The line is good, the range is good, but the color is...not my favorite. He remains one of my favorite singers, just not my favorite Don. All in all I am very impressed by this recording. If you purchase opera for the orchestra, look somewhere else, but if you buy the singers (and why wouldn't you?) this is one to own! Report Abuse

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