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Mozart: Don Giovanni Box set


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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B005G4YDWQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
2. "Notte e giorno faticar" - Renée Fleming, Michele Pertusi, Bryn Terfel, Mario Luperi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
3. "Leporello, ove sei?" - Herbert Lippert, Bryn Terfel, Michele Pertusi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti, Renée Fleming
4. Ma qual mai s'offre, o Dei - Herbert Lippert, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti, Renée Fleming
5. "Orsù, spicciati presto" - Michele Pertusi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti, Bryn Terfel
6. "Ah! chi mi dice mai" - "Udisti? qualche bella" - Bryn Terfel, Michele Pertusi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti, Ann Murray
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Disc: 2
1. "Io deggio ad ogni patto" - Michele Pertusi, Bryn Terfel, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
2. "Masetto... senti un po'..." - Monica Groop, Roberto Scaltriti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
3. "Fin ch'han dal vino" - Bryn Terfel, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
4. "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto" - Monica Groop, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
5. "Guarda un po' come seppe questa strega" - Monica Groop, Roberto Scaltriti, Bryn Terfel, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
6. "Presto, presto... pria ch'ei venga" - Monica Groop, Herbert Lippert, Bryn Terfel, London Voices, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
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Disc: 3
1. "Di molte faci il lume" - Ann Murray, Michele Pertusi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
2. "Sola, sola in buio loco" - Renée Fleming, Ann Murray, Herbert Lippert, Michele Pertusi, Roberto Scaltriti, London Voices, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
3. Mille torbidi pensieri - Michele Pertusi, London Voices, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
4. "Dunque quello sei tu" - Monica Groop, Ann Murray, Herbert Lippert, Roberto Scaltriti, Michele Pertusi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
5. "Ferma, perfido; ferma" - Monica Groop, Ann Murray, Herbert Lippert, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
6. "Il mio tesoro intanto" - Herbert Lippert, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 20 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
If Kierkegaard is to be believed - and who would argue lightly with our Danish friend - Don Giovanni offers catharsis, understood as the purification and purgation of emotions - not least pity and fear on the part of the viewer - through its exposition, interplay and resolution. True, there is a stupendous deus ex machine at the conclusion of K 527 with the arrival of the Commendatore but who is able to retain their critical faculties at this point? It is the one instance in his oeuvre, varied though it be, where Mozart red-lines himself in an effort to keep up with his own inspiration. A successful performance of Don Giovanni should leave one fully energised and, as William Mann states, ready for anything.

Which brings me to the set in question. I enjoy the virility of Terfel's Don: he's wearing the ever-so tight trousers of Priapus and sure as hell he is going to do something about it. Pertusi as Leporello lacks projection (let's blame the placement of the microphones) but otherwise has a pleasant voice. Groop as Zerlina is leathery: errrh, read this as a fail. Ann Murray, as ever, is serviceable at best as Donna Elvira. The Commendatore sounds elderly and not inappropriately so but a Kurt Moll he ain't. Fleming burns as Donna Anna. Herbert Lippert is a non-wimpy Ottavio even if he fails the breath-test at Il Mio Tesoro. Equally, the Masetto sounds breathless. Solti certainly earnt his wages on the night.

Above and beyond the debits and credits, there is a wider flaw to my ears: catharsis is non-existent. As portrayed, I don't care about the fate of any of these protagonists: they can all go to hell with the Don. This is canned heat, not genuine fire. As I understand it, this is a concert-performance rather than a stage production and the lack of greasepaint is telling.
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This recording seems to be a product of two concert performances from the Royal Festival Hall in early October 1996. I don't know the recording setup, but as I listened with my Bose headphones, it's clear that there was some movement among the singers and that they weren't all statically in the same relation to the microphones for the whole performance. Sometimes the sound for an individual voice was very good, and sometimes less so -- but it was never less than acceptable. Most important, the relation of voices to orchestra seemed to me just right -- plenty of orchestral presence, but the voices not overwhelmed and certainly not too distanced. So kudos to the engineers -- recording opera live must be very difficult. SO -- what about the performance itself?

The drama was certainly attended to. All the singers seemed fully engaged with their texts and sang with vivid expression. Add to that Solti's energy -- driving forward, but never too crudely, and keeping the whole thing going. The Act 1 finale, for example, seemed to me very well conducted, and even though there was some lack of polish in the fast concerted singing at the end, the expression was right and the transitions between the different sections of the finale were finely judged. And -- in a different kind of music -- Solti's attention to the lower string figures in the accompaniment to "Batti, Batti" is almost worth the price of the set! The Act 2 finale isn't quite as successful: the playing is lucid, refined and energetic, but it lacks weight and it doesn't build to the climax as well as it might. For all that, Pertusi and Terfel give their all in this scene, and in vocal terms, it's mighty impressive. What about the singing in general?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniele E. Gould on 17 Mar. 2013
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A magnificent performance, brilliantly performed and produced that one can enjoy times and again without tiring of it. Highly recommended
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20 of 51 people found the following review helpful By ndb_master on 19 Nov. 2011
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No libretto- but one offered 'online' - so big deal! I wish Amazon would specify more carefully what is and is not included in items in which you might expect something additional or included.
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Five Stars 24 Mar. 2015
By Barbara Chisler - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoyed very much.
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