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Subject: Re: The 1937 Salzburg Don Giovanni
From: Michael at Ariascribe <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael at Ariascribe <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:42:13 -0800
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Is this the one?

 <https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/mozart-don-giovanni-k-527/1206138130>https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mozart-don-giovanni-k-527/1206138130

 <https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/mozart-don-giovanni-k-527/1206138130>The samples I played had some distortion….


….Michael

> On Feb 25, 2018, at 2:20 PM, James Camner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Various reissues of the 1937 Don Giovanni have long circulated and there is
> no wonder why, the cast is mouth watering: - Ezio Pinza, Virgilio Lazzari,
> Elisabeth Rethberg, Luise Helletsgruber, Dino Borgioli, led by Bruno
> Walter.
> 
> But all the reissues I've heard were very poor in sound, seemingly murky
> dupes of dupes of dupes and they all disappointed me, especially in
> comparison to what has trickled out in snippets from various sources and in
> comparison to the superb Andante release of the Salburg Nozze Di Figaro
> from the same year.
> 
> By sheer chance by entering "Ezio Pinza" on my iTunes search I came across
> an issue of the 1937 Don from an outfit called Andromeda. I don't know
> where they got their source, perhaps from the Salzburg Archives, a European
> radio Archive, or perhaps from another source. No matter..  At last the
> sound is good enough and offers real presence so that this performance can
> be savored. I believe it easily surpasses any other recording of Don
> Giovannii, live or studio including the various Pinza performances from the
> Met Opera.
> 
> Pinza as Don Giovanni in 1937 is in his most secure and splendid voice of
> his various recordings with Walter and others from the Met in the 1940s.
> (There are tantalizing glimpses of Pinza's early run at Don Giovanni with
> Serafin and a cast including Ponselle and Schipa, but the sound is just too
> poor to bear). In any case Pinza and Walter are an unbeatable combination
> and Walter in Salzburg with his own Vienna Philharmonic whips the orchestra
> into a frenzy that he does not duplicate with the inferior Met players, I
> don't believe any other conductor on records has equaled him in this score.
> 
> Elisabeth Rethberg is in lovely voice, she's an excellent Donna Anna and
> brings a silvery tonal quality and ease of coloratura that is thrilling (it
> is, along with her Met Elsa and two Met recordings of Amelia in Simon
> Boccanegra perhaps her best complete live recording). Luise Helletsgruber,
> so fine on the Glyndebourne recordings is a first rate Donna Elvira,
> Virgilio Lazzari is a classic buffo Leporello and Dino Borgioli is IMHO
> perhaps the finest overall Don Ottavio in a complete performance on records
> (though I imagine that Schipa was in a league of his own, if only that
> maddeningly uneven source could be improved)
> 
> Make no mistake, even in improved sound, this is not a "first choice" Don
> Giovanni because the primitive sound is still challenging for casual
> listening but for those who are able to listen through and appreciate
> historic recordings this one is special.
> 
> James Camner,
> 
> [apologies if this reissue has already been discussed, but this is the
> first I heard it and I thought it was worth writing about and bringing it
> to the attention to the list)
> 
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