Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights)

Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights)

by Charles Mackerras

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Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights)

The vocal performances on this disc of highlights from Charles Mackerras' reading of "Don Giovanni," with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Chorus, are not consistently strong enough to make this a particularly competitive version. Several roles are very well taken. Bo Skovhus makes a memorably charismatic and roguish "Don Giovanni," with the dramatic skills to make the complex character fully convincing. His singing is powerful, and his tone is secure and ringing throughout his range. As Zerlina, Nuccia Focile is a wide-eyed but beguiling innocent, and she acts beautifully with her expressive voice, which is consistently warm and lyrical. Their chemistry makes "Là ci darem la mano" one of the album's highlights. Felicity Lott is dramatically effective as Donna Elvira, but her voice, which sounds marvelous when it's soaring, lacks power and sounds unsupported in its lower register. Christine Brewer's Donna Anna is inconsistent; for some stretches, her voice lacks substance and has a slightly grainy sound, but she pulls off her big moments persuasively. Jerry Hadley as Don Ottavio doesn't always sound entirely in control, and his lower register is often weak, but he handles "Il mio tesoro intanto" nicely. Alessandro Corbelli brings genuine comic gifts to Leporello, doesn't have the power necessary and his vibrato sometimes obscures the pitch. The playing of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is exemplary -- crisp and flexible -- and the use of natural horns and Classical-era trombones and timpani works well with the stylistically sensitive playing of the rest of the ensemble. The sound is vivid, and the discreet use of sound effects is convincing.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1997
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408044229
catalogNumber: 80442

Tracks

  1. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Overture
  2. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Introduzione: "Notte e giorno faticar"
  3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!"
  4. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Ah, chi mi dice mai"
  5. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Madamina, il catalogo è questo"
  6. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Là ci darem la mano"
  7. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Or sai chi l'onore"
  8. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Dalla sua pace"
  9. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Finch'han dal vino"
  10. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto"
  11. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Da bravi, via, ballate!"
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Ecco il birbo che t'ha offesa"
  13. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Trema, trema, o scellerato!"
  14. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Ah! taci, ingiusto core"
  15. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Deh, vieni alla finestra"
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Vedrai, carino"
  17. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Il mio tesoro intanto"
  18. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata"
  19. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "O statua gentilissima"
  20. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Crudele! Ah no, mio bene!"
  21. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Non mi dir, bell'idol mio"
  22. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco"
  23. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: "Da qual tremore insolito"

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