Mozart: Don Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Teodor Currentzis, musicAeterna, Dimitris Tiliakos, Myrtò Papatanasiu, Vito Priante, Karina Gauvin, Kenneth Tarver, Guido Loconsolo, Christina Gansch, Mika Kares, MusicAeterna Choir


Album review

“The conductor Teodor Currentzis has shaken up the operatic world with a series of Mozart recordings made with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, way out on the eastern edge of European Russia. For several reasons, this version of Don Giovanni, the last in Currentzis' series of Mozart's da Ponte operas, may be a good place to start. It's not that Currentzis is any less radical here; it's just that Don Giovanni is by nature a radical work itself, so a radical treatment is less surprising. Too, the tempo decisions here are less unorthodox than those in Le Nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte. Even Currentzis' detractors can't make the claim that his provincial Russian musicians aren't drilled to a really remarkable level of precision, and here they're deployed in colorful turns that generally hit the mark. Hear the lilting, dancelike "Là ci darem la mano" for a sample. From that famous duet, you'll also get an idea of Currentzis' influences from historical performance: he applies these influences not only to the instrumentalists (sharp, slicing attacks, fortepiano accompaniment) but to the singers, who are kept within a moderate ambit and not really allowed to bloom. How you'll react this will be a matter of taste; you may find the finale bracingly reimagined or feel that it lacks majesty. But the originality and skill of the performance aren't in question.”

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Record label



    4 November 2016


    Maximilien Ciup

    Recording Engineer

    Maximilien Ciup

    Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

    Damien Quintard