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MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni / Le nozze di Figaro (Bruno Walter Conducts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) (1942, 1944)

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni / Le nozze di Figaro (Bruno Walter Conducts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) (1942, 1944)

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release date: July 2013


Artists:

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Orchestra

Bruno Walter

Conductor

Jarmila Novotna

Soloist

Rose Bampton

Soloist

Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Choral

Venue:

Metropolitan Opera House

Venue

Matinee Broadcast, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York, United States

Venue

Record Label
West Hill Radio Archives

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 329:12
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MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni / Le nozze di Figaro (Bruno Walter Conducts Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) (1942, 1944)

     
 

LORENZO DA PONTE

 

Don Giovanni, K. 527

 


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1 Announcement 0:31
2 Overture 5:54
3 Act I Scene 1: Introduzione: Notte e giorno faticar (Leporello, Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, Il Commendatore) 1:34
4 Act I Scene 1: Introduction: Non sperar: se non m'uccidi (Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, Leporello) 1:16
5 Act I Scene 1: Introduction: Lasciala, indegno! Ah, soccorso (Commendatore, Don Giovanni, Leporello) 1:53
6 Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Leporello, ove sei? (Don Giovanni, Leporello) 0:26
7 Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Ah del padre in periglio (Donna Anna, Don Ottavio) 3:00
8 Act I Scene 1: Duetto: Fuggi, crudele, fuggi! (Donna Anna, Don Ottavio) 4:53
9 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Orsu, spiciati presto (Don Giovanni, Leporello) 1:17
10 Act I Scene 2: Aria: Ah, chi mi dice mai (Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni, Leporello) 2:50
11 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Chi e la? Stelle! che vedo! (Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni, Leporello) 2:58
12 Act I Scene 2: Aria: Madamina, il catalogo e questo (Leporello) 7:25
13 Act I Scene 3: Giovinette che fate all'amore (Zerlina, Masetto, Chorus) 1:27
14 Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Manco male e partita (Don Giovanni, Leporello, Zerlina, Masetto) 1:46
15 Act I Scene 3: Aria: Ho capito, Signor, si! (Masetto) 1:28
16 Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Alfin siam liberati (Don Giovanni, Zerlina) 1:45
17 Act I Scene 3: Duettino: La ci darem la mano (Zerlina, Don Giovanni) 2:42
18 Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Fermati, scellerato! (Donna Elvira, Zerlina, Don Giovanni) 0:47
19 Act I Scene 3: Aria: Ah! Fuggi il traditor! (Donna Elvira) 1:26
20 Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Mi par che oggi il demonio (Don Giovanni, Don Ottavio, Donna Anna) 1:07
21 Act I Scene 3: Quartetto: Non ti fidar, o misera (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni) 4:06
22 Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Povera sventurata! (Don Giovanni) 0:24
23 Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Don Ottavio, son morta! (Donna Anna, Don Ottavio) 3:22
24 Act I Scene 3: Aria: Or sai chi l'onore (Donna Anna) 2:52
25 Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Come mai creder deggio (Don Giovanni) 0:37
26 Act I Scene 3: Appendix: Aria: Dalla sua pace (Don Ottavio) 4:22
27 Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Io deggio ad ogni patto (Leporello, Don Giovanni) 1:28
28 Act I Scene 3: Finch'han dal vino, "Champagne Aria" (Don Giovanni) 2:40
     
     
     


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1 Act I Scene 4: Recitative: Masetto, senti un po! (Zerlina, Massetto) 1:28
2 Act I Scene 4: Aria: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto (Zerlina) 3:44
3 Act I Scene 4: Recitative: Guarda un po' come seppe (Masetto, Don Giovanni, Zerlina) 0:39
4 Act I Scene 4: Finale: Presto, presto, pria ch'ei venga (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Zerlina, Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni, Leporello, Masetto, Chorus) 1:34
5 Act I Scene 4: Tra quest arbori celata (Don Giovanni, Zerlina, Masetto) 2:16
6 Act I Scene 4: Bisogna aver coraggio (Don Ottavio, Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Leporello, Don Giovanni) 2:08
7 Act I Scene 4: Protegga il giusto cielo (Donna Anna, Don Ottavio, Donna Elvira) 3:36
8 Act I Scene 5: Riposate, vezzose ragazze (Don Giovanni, Masetto, Zerlina, Leporello, Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio) 1:15
9 Act I Scene 5: Venite pur avanti (Leporello, Don Giovanni, Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio, Masetto, Zerlina) 4:12
10 Act I Scene 5: Ecco il birbo che t'ha offesa (Don Giovanni, Leporello, Don Ottavio, Donna Elvira, Donna Anna) 1:17
11 Act I Scene 5: Trema, trema o scellerato! (Don Giovanni, Leporello, Don Ottavio, Donna Elvira, Donna Anna) 3:11
12 Act II Scene 1: Duetto: Eh via, buffone, non mi seccar! (Don Giovanni, Leporello) 0:57
13 Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Leporello! Signore? (Don Giovanni, Leporello) 1:33
14 Act II Scene 1: Terzetto: Ah taci ingiusto core (Donna Elvira, Leporello, Don Giovanni) 4:47
15 Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Amico, che ti par? (Don Giovanni, Leporello) 1:51
16 Act II Scene 1: Canzonetta: Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni) 1:44
17 Act II Scene 1: Recitative: V'e gente alla finestra (Don Giovanni) 1:11
18 Act II Scene 1: Aria: Meta di voi qua vadano (Don Giovanni) 2:53
19 Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Zitto, lascia ch'io senta - Recitative: Ah! ahi! La testa mia (Don Giovanni, Masetto, Zerlina) 2:19
20 Act II Scene 1: Aria: Vedrai, carino (Zerlina) 5:06
21 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Di molte faci il lume (Leporello, Donna Elvira) 0:32
22 Act II Scene 2: Sestetto: Sola, sola in buio loco (Donna Anna, Zerlina, Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio, Leporello, Masetto) 5:28
23 Act II Scene 2: Sestetto: Mille torbidi pensieri (Donna Elvira, Leporallo, Don Ottavio, Donna Anna, Zerlina, Masetto) 2:13
24 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Dunque quello sei tu (Zerlina, Don Ottavio, Donna Elvira, Masetto) 0:23
25 Act II Scene 2: Aria: Ah, pieta, signori miei! (Leporello) 1:36
26 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Ferma, perfido, ferma! (Donna Elvira, Masetto, Zerlina, Don Ottavio) 0:47
27 Act II Scene 2: Aria: Il mio tesoro intanto (Don Ottavio) 5:34
28 Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Ah, ah, ah questa bona (Don Giovanni, Leporello, Il Commendatore) 2:50
29 Act II Scene 3: Duetto: O statua gentilissima (Don Giovanni, Leporello, Il Commendatore) 4:24
     
     
     


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1 Act II Scene 4: Recitative: Calmatevi, idol mio! (Don Ottavio, Donna Anna) 0:55
2 Act II Scene 4: Recitativo accompagnato e Rondo: Crudele! Ah no, mio bene (Donna Anna) 1:49
3 Act II Scene 4: Rondo: Non mi dir (Donna Anna) 7:01
4 Act II Scene 5: Finale: Gia la mensa e preparata (Don Giovanni, Leporello) 4:16
5 Act II Scene 5: L'ultima prova (Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni, Leporello) 2:07
6 Act II Scene 5: Che grido e questo mai? (Leporello, Don Giovanni, Il Commendatore) 1:13
7 Act II Scene 5: Don Giovanni, a cenar teco (Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni, Leporello, Chorus) 5:49
8 Act II Scene 5: Finale: Da qual tremore insolito (Don Giovanni, Chorus, Leporello) 1:09
9 Act II Scene 5: Ah dove e il perfido (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Zerlina, Don Ottavio, Masetto, Leporello) 1:32
10 Act II Scene 5: Or che tutti, o mio tesoro (Don Ottavio, Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Zerlina, Masetto, Leporello) 2:02
11 Act II Scene 5: Epilogue: Resti dunque quel birbon (Zerlina, Masetto, Leporello) 0:33
12 Act II Scene 5: Questo e il fin (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Zerlina, Don Ottavio, Masetto, Leporello) 1:53
 Rose Bampton Soloist
     
 

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492

 
13 Overture 4:07
14 Act I Scene 1: Duet: Cinque … dieci … venti … trenta (Figaro, Susanna) 2:34
15 Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Cosa stai misurando (Susanna, Figaro) 0:49
16 Act I Scene 1: Duet: Se a caso Madama (Figaro, Susanna) 2:18
17 Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Or bene: ascolta (Susanna, Figaro) 1:25
18 Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Bravo, signor padrone! - Se vuol ballare (Figaro) 3:05
19 Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Ed aspettaste il giorno (Bartolo, Marcellina) 1:12
20 Act I Scene 2: Aria: La vendetta, oh, la vendetta! (Bartolo) 3:00
21 Act I Scene 3: Tutto ancor non ho perso (Marcellina, Susanna) 3:02
22 Act I Scene 4: Va la, vecchia pedante (Susanna, Cherubino) 1:49
23 Act I Scene 4 Aria: Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio (Cherubino) 3:09
24 Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Taci, vien gente (Susanna, Count Almaviva, Basilio) 3:24
25 Act I Scene 5: Trio: Cosa sento! (Count Almaviva, Basilio) 4:16
26 Act I Scene 5: Basilio, in traccia tosto (Count Almaviva) 1:05
27 Act I Scene 5: Giovani liete, fiori sparget (Chorus) 4:26
28 Act I Scene 5: Aria: Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (Figaro) 3:51
     
     
     


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1 Act II Scene 1: Cavatina: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro (Countess Almaviva, Susanna, Figaro) 4:40
2 Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Vieni, cara Susanna (Countess Almaviva, Susanna) 2:04
3 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Quanto duolmi, Susanna (Countess Almaviva, Susanna, Cherubino) 1:30
4 Act II Scene 2: Voi che sapete che cosa e amor (Cherubino) 3:10
5 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Bravo! Che bella voce! (Countess Almaviva, Susanna, Cherubino) 4:17
6 Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Quante buffonerie! (Countess Almaviva, Susanna, Cherubino, Count Almaviva) 1:54
7 Act II Scene 3: Perche e chiusa? (Count Almaviva) 2:06
8 Act II Scene 3: Trio: Susanna, or via sortite, sottite, io cosi vo (Count Almaviva, Contessa Almaviva, Susanna) 4:09
9 Act II Scene 3: Duet: Aprite, presto, aprite (Susanna, Cherubino) 1:31
10 Act II Scene 4: Tutto e come il lasciai (Count Almaviva, Countess Almaviva) 1:27
11 Act II Scene 4: Esci omai, garzon malnato (Count Almaviva, Countess Almaviva) 2:40
12 Act II Scene 4: Signore! Cos'e quel stupore (Susanna, Count Almaviva, Countess Almaviva) 4:44
13 Act II Scene 4: Signor, di fuori son gia i suonatori (Figaro, Count Almaviva, Countess Almaviva, Susanna) 0:56
14 Act II Scene 4: Conoscete, signor Figaro (Count Almaviva, Figaro, Susanna, Countess Almaviva) 7:27
15 Act II Scene 4: Voi signor, che giusto siete (Marcellina, Basilio, Bartolo, Count Almaviva, Susanna, Contessa Almaviva, Figaro) 3:37
     
     
     


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1 Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Che imbarazzo e mai questo! (Count Almaviva, Countess Almaviva, Susanna) 2:35
2 Act III Scene 1: Duet: Crudel! Perche finora farmi languir cosi? (Count Almaviva, Susanna) 3:01
3 Act III Scene 1: Hai gia vinta la causa! - Vedro, mentr'io sospiro (Count Almaviva) 4:53
4 Act III Scene 2: E decisa la lite (Don Curzio, Marcellina, Figaro, Count Almaviva, Bartolo) 1:59
5 Act III Scene 2: Riconosci in questo amplesso (Marcellina, Figaro, Bartolo, Don Curzio, Count Almaviva, Susanna) 4:40
6 Act III Scene 3: Eccovi, oh caro amico (Marcellina, Bartolo, Susanna, Figaro) 1:18
7 Act III Scene 4: Andiam, andiam, bel paggio (Antonio, Count Almaviva) 0:42
8 Act III Scene 5: Recitative and Aria: E Susanna non vien! (Countess Almaviva) 1:47
9 Act III Scene 5: Aria: Dove sono i bei momenti? (Countess Almaviva) 5:04
10 Act III Scene 6: Io vi dico, signor (Antonio, Count Almaviva) 0:36
11 Act III Scene 6: Recitative: Cosa mi narri? (Countess Almaviva, Susanna) 0:35
12 Act III Scene 6: Canzonetta sull aria (Countess Almaviva) 3:11
13 Act III Scene 7: Ricevete, oh padroncina (Chorus, Barbarina, Countess Almaviva, Susanna) 3:55
14 Act III Scene 7: Ecco la marcia, andiamo (Figaro, Susanna, Count Almaviva, Countess Almaviva) 1:58
15 Act III Scene 8: Amanti costanti (Due ragazzi) 4:15
16 Act IV Scenes 1-6: Cavatina: L'ho perduta … Me meschina (Barbarina) 4:16
17 Act IV Scene 7: Tutto e disposto (Figaro) 1:18
18 Act IV Scene 8: Recitative: Aprite un po' quegli occhi (Figaro) 2:59
19 Act IV Scene 8: Signora, ella mi disse (Susanna, Marcellina) 0:51
20 Act IV Scene 8: Recitative: Giunse al fin il momento (Susanna) 1:41
21 Act IV Scene 8: Recitative: Deh, vieni, non tardar (Susanna) 3:46
22 Act IV Scene 9: Perfida! E in questa forma meco mentia! (Figaro) 0:34
23 Act IV Scene 9: Pian, pianin le andro piu presso (Cherubino, Countess Almaviva, Count Almaviva, Susanna, Figaro) 5:40
24 Act IV Scene 10: Tutto e tranquillo e placido (Figaro) 3:19
25 Act IV Scene 11: Pace, pace, mio dolce tesoro! (Figaro, Susanna) 1:33
26 Act IV Scene 12: Gente, all'armi! (Count Almaviva, Figaro, Basilio, Don Curzio, Antonio, Bartolo, Susanna, Barbarina, Cherubin, Marcellina, Countess Almaviva) 4:59
 Jarmila Novotna Soloist
     
 Bruno Walter Conductor


Mozart
Don Giovanni (1942) / Le Nozze di Figaro (1944)
 
Bruno Walter, one of the twentieth century’s great conductors, was born in Berlin in 1876. He had a distinguished career throughout Europe and the United States lasting more than sixty years. Although his extensive discography ranged from the acoustic era, through electrical recordings, to stereo long playing records in the 1950s, Walter’s operatic legacy is limited to the justly famous Act 1 and segments from Act 2 of Die Walküre. These 78 rpm recordings were made in Vienna in 1935, and the first act, recorded complete with the finest exponents of the roles, Lauritz Melchior, Lotte Lehmann, and Emanuel List, has long been regarded as perhaps the best of all versions. Considering its artistic excellence and critical acclaim, it is difficult to explain why Walter never recorded opera in the studio again.
 
For this reason we must be very grateful for the survival of a number of Metropolitan Opera broadcasts that preserve his interpretations. . Recorded fragments exist of Walter conducting some operas in Salzburg in 1937, and there are also complete Salzburg performances of Don Giovanni and Nozze, but the surviving Met versions restored for the present set are superior in terms of sound quality and the uniform excellence of the casts.
 
The New York critics, familiar with Walter on the concert platform, were overwhelmed by his ability as an opera conductor. Howard Taubman thought ‘the inspiring leadership of Bruno Walter was a source of endless delight’ while Olin Downes described Walter’s first Don Giovanni performance as ‘the finest interpretation of Mozart that the writer has witnessed in this lyric theatre.’ Le nozze di Figaro did not feature in Walter’s first two seasons at the Met, but he conducted the opera nine times between December 1942 and April 1944. The 1944 broadcast presented here earned Olin Downes’ admiration: ‘Bruno Walter conducted with inspiration, with … love for every note of the score, and also reverence.’ Contemporaries clearly knew they had an exceptional musician leading these two performances and writers and critics of our time concur. Paul Jackson in his monumental three-volume overviewof all Metropolitan Opera broadcasts praises the merits of this 1942 Don Giovanni: ‘a cast of exceptional musicality and nearly uniform strength aids Walter in his Beethovenesque reading of Mozart’s bequest to nineteenth-century romanticism.’ Discussing the 1944 Le nozze di Figaro broadcast, Jackson simply notes ‘in Walter’s hands Mozart’s Figaro at last receives his due.’
 
Walter had a well-known affinity with Mozart’s music. He seems to have been able to adopt just the right tempi at key moments, and his lightness of touch and swift reading of the score never allows the story to flag. We are fortunate to be able to present these live performances in the best possible sound.
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