Mozart: Don Giovanni - Siepi, Grümmer, Corena, Della Casa, Simoneau, Streich, Frick, Berry; Mitropoulos. Salzburg, 1956
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- This performances harkens back to a golden age of Mozart singing when larger voices were routinely given Mozartian assignments. If you find it sounds a little dated by today's "period performance" approach, I encourage you to admire the thought that went into every musical gesture from the exceptional cast as well as the exceptional conductor, Dmitri Mitropoulos.
- Cesare Siepi lives and breathes the Don from his first entrance until his descent into hell.
- Elisabeth Grümmer brings Straussian bloom to the role of Donna Anna, without every sacrificing vocal purity.
- Lisa Della Casa brings poised dignity to the role of Donna Elvira.
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