Notes & Reviews:
This thrilling recording around concert performances at the Bade-baden Festpielhaus is set to be a milestone in at least two ways:
It marks the beginning of an extended Deutsche Grammophon collaboration with rising star Yannick Nezet-Seguin - the young French-Canadian maestro - "surely the most exciting talent of his generation" (Edward Secherson, The Independent, January, 20110 who has already been celebrated from the Metropolitan Opera House New York to Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala Milan and the Salzburg Festival.
It is the first of a new Deutsche Grammophon cycle of Mozart's seven main operas in collaboration with Festpielhaus Bade-Baden, Universal Music Arts & Entertainment, with the genereous and kind support of Rolex and an enthusiastic advocate - Rolando Villazon - in love with Mozart!
A truly remarkable cast of world opera starts comes together for a breath-taking concert performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni, with Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Deutsche Grammophon artist Ildebrando D' Arcangelo starts as the rakish seducer of the title, attended by the brilliant Luca Pisaroni as his comic but nole servant Leporello.
The tenor role of Don Ottavio is sung by Rolando Villazon, tenor of the hearts who has made a welcome return to top. His heart-breaking betrothed Donna Anna is soprano star Diana Damrau.
American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is Donna Elvira and young Deutsche Grammophon soprano Mojca Erdmann is the peasant girl Zerlina - a role she has sung to great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Don Giovanni will be presented to media on 11 July 2012 in Baden-Baden the presence of Yannick Nezet-Seguin and other members of the cast them to tie in with the perforamnce4s/recording of Cosi fan tutte with Rolando Villazon as Ferrando, a fantastic opportunity to bring your core classical press.
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail is planned for 2014, the Da Ponte trilogy will be completed with Le Nozze di Figaro for the next Mozart year 2016. Clemenza di Tito, Idomeneo and Die Zauberflote are being scheduled in the following years.
Sunday Times, 25th November 2012
NTzet-STguin makes a strong showing here, a dramatic conductor with a foot in both the big Romantic and the "historically aware" Mozartian camps...[Villazon] is in good voice, but his style is anachronistic and lachrymose. Ildebrando d'Arcangelo is a saturnine, bassy Don, but I wish he had swapped roles with Luca Pisaroni's lithe, witty Leporello.
The Independent, 24th November 2012
[D'Arcangelo] brings a devilish charm to the anti-hero's reckless libertinism...The climax of the First Act displays NTzet-STguin's undoubted skill in balancing the multitude of elements...with a lightness of touch that doesn't betray the lowering clouds gathering about Don Giovanni's future.
Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
Nezet-Seguin proves himself to be a superb Mozartian...his pacing can't be faulted...Erdmann confirms the promise of her recital disc...As for Joyce DiDonato, you would have to go a long way to hear such superb breath control in 'Mi tradi'...Villazon was not an obvious choice for Don Ottavio: full-on Latin passion rather than sculptured, north European elegance...Pisaroni really acts with his voice without sacrificing beauty of tone.
International Record Review, December 2012
This Don Giovanni is more distinguished than the sum of its parts thanks to NTzet-STguin's powerful and dynamic conducting of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which plays with terrific flair and Tlan...For fans of these particular singers, the set will be a must-buy, but even for the sceptical there is plenty to challenge and stimulate here, and the best of the soloists - Pisaroni, DiDonato, intermittently D'Arcangelo - are outstanding.
bbc.co.uk, 14th January 2013
[Nezet-Seguin] combines the well-defined articulation of an historically informed approach with the full-bodied sound of a modern orchestra...The most exciting and consistently well-sung Don Giovanni to appear for several years, this set is strongly recommended.
Recording information: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (07/2011).
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
- Performers: Benjamin Bayl (Fortepiano); Konstantin Pfiz (Cello); Timothy Summers (Mandolin)
- Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
- Ensemble: Rastatt Vocal Ensemble
- Running Time: 98 min. 29 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1787