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Opera - Released June 16, 2017 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released September 2, 2002 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released October 19, 2009 | Warner Classics

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Opera - Released November 1, 2011 | ICA Classics

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica
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Classical - Released March 1, 2004 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
EMI Classics' reissue of Carlo Maria Giulini's recordings of Rossini overtures is a mainstay of the catalog, and it's hard to beat for its first-rate performances and affordability. The overtures to La scala di seta, Il signor Bruschino, Tancredi, L'italiana in Algeri, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La cenerentola, La gazza ladra, Semiramide, and Guillaume Tell are the most famous of Rossini's works, though most of the operas associated with them are rarely performed (and with the exception of the popular Il barbiere di Siviglia, seldom recorded). The interpretations are spot-on and the playing is as lively, vibrant, and exciting as can be expected of these popular concert pieces. Giulini and the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded the tracks on this disc in 1961 and 1965, and the stereo sound is extraordinary for the time, thanks to the careful preservation of the original master tapes. The compilation was digitally remastered in 2004, so the reproduction is as good as one might wish, with no discernable analog hiss or any loss of audio quality. This album is an excellent choice for beginners who are building a basic classical collection.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica
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Classical - Released September 13, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 19, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released March 18, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released May 25, 2002 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 1, 1997 | Warner Classics

This may not be the greatest Don Giovanni ever recorded, but it is very, very close. It's got the inestimable Carlo Maria Giulini on the podium, and the Italian conductor turns in a performance that's beautifully, lovingly, wonderfully lyrical, yet at the same time always highly dramatic, and often very exciting. The cast features some of the best female singers ever, with Joan Sutherland as an imperious yet wholly womanly Donna Anna, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as a vulnerable yet strong-voiced Donna Elvira, and Graziella Sciutti as a comely yet seductive Zerlina. The men are just as strong, with Giuseppe Taddei as a hilarious yet sympathetic Leporello and Gottlob Frick as the absolutely terrifying Commendatore. What keeps this 1959 recording from being at the absolute top is Eberhard Wächter in the title role. That is not to say that Wächter isn't terrific; his Don is dashing, sensuous, tough, funny, ironic, and, in the final scene, almost heroic. The only thing that keeps Wächter from being the great Don is the fact that Cesare Siepi was already the Don who had all the qualities Wächter possessed, plus more pure charisma than Wächter, or for that matter, any other Don. The greatest Don Giovanni ever recorded is Wilhelm Furtwängler's, live from the 1953 Salzburg Festival with Siepi in the title role. Giulini's Don is a superlative evening at the theater. Furtwängler's Don will change your life forever. EMI's stereo studio sound for Giulini is far clearer, cleaner, and warmer than EMI's live on-stage monaural sound for Furtwängler.
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Classical - Released October 19, 2009 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 3, 2006 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1980 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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