Mozart made it easy for the Philistines. They see Don Giovanni thrown into the flaming jaws of Hell and hiss: “Two thousand women seduced and abandoned! “
Oct. 25, 2007, Rio de Janeiro.
Released as part of Orfeoís series entitled Festspiel Dokumente, this recording makes available on CD the concert performance at the Salzburg Festival of Anton Brucknerís Seventh Symphony by the Vienna Philharmonic that Hans Knappertsbusch conducted on 30 August 1949.
Fedra: Dramma per musica in two acts.
The first opera performance I consciously attended while being definitely hooked to the genre due to records, was Guillaume Tell more than 40 years ago.
Released in celebration of the recent Mozart year, Tutto Mozart! is a collection of nineteen arias, duets and other ensembles from the composerís operas that feature the baritone Bryn Terfel.
Founded in Oxford in the early 1990ís, the ensemble Charivari AgrÈable looks to seventeenth-century composers with Oxford connections as the basis for their recent recording, ìThe Oxford Psalms.î
The Badisches Staatstheater seems to have borrowed with a vengeance the catch-phrase from John Watersí recent ìA Dirty Shame,î namely: ìLetís go sexiní!î I canít recall ever seeing a ìDon Giovanniî
with more lip-locks, grinding torsos, leg-wraps, and groping embraces.
Edita Gruberova’s North American fans, who can only hold onto dim hopes that someday the
European superstar will return to these shores, can always seek to sate their desire for her artistry by picking up the latest CD from Nightingale Classics.