MOZART: Don Giovanni
Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni). Alan Esposito (Lepoorello). Malin Byström (Donna Anna). Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Commendatore). Antonio Poll (Don Ottavio). Vernique Gens (Donna Elvira). lizabeth Wtts (Zerlina). Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal; Opera House/Nicola Luisotti, cond.
OPUS ARTE DVD TT: 182 min.+ 10 min. bonus
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MOZART: Don Giovanini
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Don Giovanni). Enrico Iori (Commendatore). Myrtò Papatanasieu (Donna Anna). Marlin Miller (Don Ottavio). Carmela Remigio (Donna Elvira). Andrea Cancetti (Leporello). Manella Bisceoglie (Zerlina). William Corro (Masetto). Coro Lirico Marchigiano Vincenzo Bellini; Fondazzione Orchestra Regionale della Marche/Riccardo Frizza, cond.
UNITEL CLASSICS DVD TT: 174 min.
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LITOLFf: Scherzo from Concerto Symphonique No. 4. MAHLER: Blümine FAURÉ: Pavane. DEBUSSY: La Plus que lene. SCHUBERT: Entracte from Rosamunde. IVES/BRANT: The Alcotts from A Concord Symphony. RACHMANNOFF: Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14. DVORÁK: Legend Op. 59 No. 6. SIBELIUS: Valse triste. DELIUS: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring. GRIEG: The Lasr Spring, Op. 34 No. 2. DELIBES: Cortege from Sylvia.
Yuja Wang, piano (Litolff); San Francisco Symphony Orch/Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.
SFO SACD 0060 TT: 78:10
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Here are two fine new Giovannis each featuring one of today's leading interpreters of the title role. Polish baritone Mariusz Keiwcien (b. 1972) has been singing the role for several years in major opera houses of the world including a Met HD telecast. He is perfect for the role with his dashing good looks, secure voice and acting ability. He is surrounded by a superb cast, and the sets by Es Devlin, two levels of doors and rooms, work beautifully, particularly when Bruno Poet's iminagive lighting dramatically changes the scene. Audio is excellent, as is video quality (I saw it on Blu Ray). Italian Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (b. 1969) is renowled for his Mozart and has recorded many operas with leading conductors including Abbado, Muti, Gardiner, and two of his performnces have already been issued on DVD. He is magnificent in the role, and again we have a Don whose appearance justifies his Don Juan status. His supporting cast could not be bettered, and the imaginative simple sets and costumes by POier Luigi Pizzi work well (presumably he also choreographed the unusual curtain calls). Excellent audio and video: both of these are major additions to the Don Giovanni catalog.

 

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