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“Don Giovanni” November 19, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Italian, Opera, Theater, Tito Gobbi.

From the 1950 Salzburg Festival, my vote for the greatest recorded performance of a Mozart opera …

With Tito Gobbi in the title role; Josef Greindl as the Commendatore, Ljuba Welitsch as Donna Anna, Anton Dermota as Don Ottavio, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as Donna Elvira, Erich Kunz as Leporello, Alfred Poell as Masetto and Irmgard Seefried as Zerlina. Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Vienna Philharmonic.

Act I:

Act II:

Thanks once again to the Parterre Box website.

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1. SoMG - August 6, 2008

Yes, this is the best recording of DONG and Tito Gobbi is the best portrayer of his snarling sadism but the recording has its flaws. The keyboard player is incompetent. Unforgivable. Screws up almost every recitative and makes it impossible to recommend this recording to anyone who doesn’t already know the piece. Anton Dermota takes unauthorized breaths in “Il Mio Tesoro”.

My vote for best recording of a Mozart opera is Furtwangler’s 1949 DIE ZAUBERFLOTE from Salzburg with Josef Greindl and Irmgard Seefried and Walther Ludwig and get this–the two Men in Armor who sing in unison for about twenty seconds and then open the doors to the chamber of trial by fire and water and that’s all they do are played by two legends-to-be–Ernst Haeflinger and Hermann Uhde. One of the Three Ladies is Gertrude Grob-Prandl, who is still recognized as the loudest Brunhilde in recorded history.

Did Tito Gobbi ever record the role of the Count in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO?

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