Notes & Reviews:
Opera Now, March 2015
Sawallisch conducts a magnificently brisk and magisterial interpretation and the sound is generally very good... Ruggero Raimondi reminds us why his Giovanni was so celebrated, the sheer charisma of his voice providing the presence and sexiness so often lacking in the role... Each voice is glorious... [an] outstanding cast.
The rare production of Mozart's Don Giovanni that doesn't just have a charismatic Don came about in 1973 at the Munich Opera Festival. Ruggero Raimondi conquered the Bavarian State Opera with his unmistakable, agile, irresistible bass-baritone voice. With Margaret Price, Julia Varady and Lucia Popp, he was faced with a trio of sopranos who turned the evening into a musical feast - as we can now hear in this live recording of the opening night. Giovanni's final descent into hell was made doubly gripping by Kurt Moll's Commendatore and Wolfgang Sawallisch helming the Bavarian State Orchestra.
Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Sawallisch's account of Anna's hysterical recitative before 'Or sai, che l'onore' is an object lesson in dramatic pacing...Raimondi is lively and witty, powerfully defiant at the end, but with little sense of the character's dark side. For my money, the male star...is Stafford Dean...a perfect Leporello...Price as Anna is formidably secure, with lovely, smokey tone in 'Non mi dir'.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Sawallisch is splendid. He underscores the drama without driving his singers too hard, and his orchestra is expert. The sound is of studio quality. In sum, this performance holds one's interest the first time around.
Recording information: Bayerischen Staatsoper München, Nationaltheater (07/12/1973).
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
- Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
- Ensemble: Bayerische Staatsoper
- Running Time: 78 min. 20 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1787
- Studio/Live: Live