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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Fricsay, Fischer-Dieskau, Grummer [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Available now, for the first time on DVD, is the inaugural performance of Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Mozart's popular story of the outrageous and arrogant, Don Giovanni, is shadowed by the more compelling, triumphant story of the performers who boldly performed in Berlin just weeks after the construction of the Berlin Wall. The nationally broadcasted September 23rd dress rehearsal is also included as a bonus feature

Dona Ana is again, as in the DVD of FurtwSngler (DG 1954), a wonderful Grummer, beautiful voice (especially in the middle) and singing pulquTrrimo, and Donna Elvira, a sore, spiteful, angry but also love Pilar Lorengar at a time when vowel optimal and exemplary Mozartian style. The largest moon is, for me, Erika Koth Zerlina, soprano type so dear to the time and today is redicha and cheesy. Right, a little pale, Don Octavio de Donald Grobe, Ivan Sardi well as Masetto and something more, aspen and committed above, the Commander of Josef Greindl

The most striking feature of the performance was the youthful interpretation of the piece by Maestro Ferenc Fricsay. It is extremely rare to hear a Mozart performance from a conductor of that generation without having been struck with the blunt force of a stodgy, self-indulgent, and antiquated aesthetic that was meant to stay under lock and key in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. Fricsay's approach... is very much in keeping with today's historical performance experts as far as tempi, phrasing, and melodic inflection.

Opera News
this performance, with its sense of purpose and the seriousness of its attempt to honor everything in the score, takes us closer to the heart of the opera than most others.

The Guardian
The production shows its age, owing in part to Georges Wakhévitch's frilly period designs, though Ebert's direction is wonderfully unfussy and psychologically astute. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is the charming Don who draws into his orbit Elisabeth Grümmer's unusually vulnerable Anna, Pilar Lorengar's obsessive Elvira and Erika Köth's manipulative Zerlina. The great performances, though, come from Donald Grobe's strikingly tough Ottavio and Walter Berry's bitterly funny Leporello.

The cast is perfection, director Carl Ebert has sensible, simple sets, and appropriate costumes. Camera work (black and white) is effective, and the mono sound is well balanced. It is a pleasure to watch one of the great conductors of the past at work in music he loves. This is a classic performance of Mozart's masterpiece.

Art Times
The cast was a very good one ... Fischer-Dieskau's Don is charming ... Grobe has a strong tenor that ... gives ... virility to the role ... well-sung performances.

Keene (New Hampshire) Sentinel
Gone was a national singing style, but back were the original words. So ArtHaus Musik's "Don Giovanni" is a good example of what opera was like in that time of history.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 176 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,
Subtitles: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Korean


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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
  • Performers: Walter Berry (Bass); Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Tenor); Josef Greindl (Bass); Donald Grobe (Tenor); Elisabeth Grummer (Soprano); Erika Koth (Soprano); Pilar Lorengar (Soprano); Ivan Sardi (Bass)
  • Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787