[ Sony Classics / 3 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Monday 20 March 2017
The release of Don Giovanni will complete the exceptional 4-year Mozart project Sony Classical has undertaken to studio-record the 3 Da Ponte Operas with Teodor Currentzis and his orchestra and choir MusicAeterna ("The next revolutionary sensation of classical music" - The Independent). Now finally comes Currentzis' take on the cornerstone of the Da Ponte trilogy - which everybody has been waiting for. Mozart's mighty and dark magnum opus - Don Giovanni. It promises to follow in the same vein as the previous two outstandingly received recordings Figaro and Così. In addition, BRMI are creating an new 50-min documentary titled "The Archetype of Myself - The Conductor Teodor Currentzis" which followed the conductor over several months following his artistic and private endeavours with MusicAeterna last year. This recording of 'Don Giovanni' forms the focal point of this documentary.
"This is the last - and best - of Currentzis's controversially explosive trio of recordings of the great Mozart-Da Ponte comedies...the singers here are new, including two exemplary Italians, Vito Priante and Guido Loconsolo, who make as much of the fast-moving recitatives as they do of the arias...Tiliakos is an outstanding Don, bassy in timbre and relishing his rolled Rs as much as the Italians." (Sunday Times)
"we have a very pleasantly sung Don Giovanni from the Greek baritone Dimitris Tiliakos…Vito Priante's Leporello is in many ways excellent…Kenneth Tarver sings pleasingly as a lyrical Don Ottavio…Christina Gansch is a very respectable Zerlina" (Gramophone)
"his MusicAeterna orchestra is on scorching form...it's not just the virtuosity that compels admiration but the stylistic subtleties too...As for the singing, that continues to be shaped by Currentzis's belief that Mozart's performers would have had very different voices - less "operatic", more naturalistic or even folky - to those customarily singing Mozart today." (Times)
"[this Don Giovanni] strips away many of our distorting performance habits, and the result is refreshing, revelatory and unsettling…Tiliakos is a dramatic Don…Loconsolo is vocally nimble and petulant as required…Gauvin has [Elvira] fully under control and her roulades in the quartet are ravishing. Do not expect a familiar 'warm bath' experience here; it offers an invigorating shower of fresh new insights" BBC Music Five Stars Opera Choice Christmas 2016
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017 - Opera Winner