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Mozart: Don Giovanni - An Opera In Two Acts



3 CD set

Solti conducted Don Giovanni in nine performances during the 1954 Glyndebourne season : on July 7, 9, 11, 14, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27. These performances of Don Giovanni were Georg Solti’s only Glyndebourne appearances. This complete performance was broadcast live from the opera house on 17 July 1954. The source recording is part of the ‘Itter Broadcast Collection’ held by Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust. This is the first release on Prima Voce for more than five years and we hope that it will once again stimulate interest in this critically acclaimed series. A new printed catalogue for Prima Voce is also available and our next release will be Berlioz, ‘The Damnation of Faust’ in a live performance from the Royal Festival Hall, with Joan Hammond conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent in 1953.

Mozart: Don Giovanni - An Opera In Two Acts


Georg Solti only conducted one production in Glyndebourne. That was nine performances of Don Giovanni in July 1954. The fifth of these was broadcast live by the BBC, and here it is in Nimbus’s Prima Voce series in all its glory.

The two outstanding performances are delivered by two of the greatest Mozarteans of the 1950s, Sena Jurinac (Donna Elvira) and Leopold Simoneau (Don Ottavio). Those who are satisfied with just these samples will however be richly rewarded, since there is not one weak number, not one indifferent number – all are legendary in one sense or other. Admirers of Léopold Simoneau and Sena Jurinac will no doubt be satisfied with their achievements in the complete opera.

Göran Forsling, Musicweb-international