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|Nicolai Ghiaurov, Gundula Janowitz, Sena Jurinac|
Mozart: Don Giovanni
This is an odd performance, not altogether satisfying (and certainly not up to the level of Giulini's magnificent EMI recording with Wächter and Sutherland) but with much to offer. Nicolai Ghiaurov is in his most luxurious... more »
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This is an odd performance, not altogether satisfying (and certainly not up to the level of Giulini's magnificent EMI recording with Wächter and Sutherland) but with much to offer. Nicolai Ghiaurov is in his most luxurious voice as the Don, and Sesto Bruscantini is a fine foil for him as Leporello, savoring the text and singing with great style. Alfredo Kraus's Don Ottavio is very classy indeed, and as Donna Anna, Gundula Janowitz may be an odd choice, but she can be very impressive in a foreign sort of way. Sena Jurinac's Donna Elvira is well characterized. Giulini leads the somewhat wayward but always willing Rome forces in a good show. --Robert Levine
Sound quality is terrible
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The sound quality on this CD makes it unacceptable. It was recorded live, and is extremely scratchy and one can barely make out the vocals. It's impossible to know whether the performance was good or not, since the recording is so poor."
Almost as good as the EMI studio recording
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found this live recording to be excellent. It is not a studio recording, and does have some 'live' qualities, just as you would hear if you were in the Opera House. I find, that as with all Opera D'Oro sets, that the sound is excellent crisp and clear. This is an excellent value, and a great way to get to know the Opera with out spending a fortune. I have given it as a gift several times and value the copy I have for myself."
Secret Witnesses to Musical History
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love the fact that this CD hasn't been remastered to lose the surface sounds and electricity of Bernstein and Callas together again. The vast majority of the poorer quality recordings were made by Callas herself, with a recorder in the prompter's box, so she could review her performance later. Others were made by fans sometimes in the nosebleed sections of various houses. Either way, I was not there and any chance to hear a prima at LaScala with these two giants careening through this pastoral piece is worth every penny. Bravi!"