Mozart: Don Giovanni, K 527

Reviewed on Mon 28 Nov, 2016

Dimitris Tiliakos is well cast as Don Giovanni. He can be so seductive, so harsh and so cruel. Conductor Teodor Currentzis makes great use of varied dynamics.

These CDs are beautifully presented in a hard-cover book, which includes the libretto and a discussion with conductor Teodor Currentzis. Although I find some of what he says contentious, I have no disagreement with the end result. Dimitris Tiliakos is well cast as Don Giovanni. He can be so seductive, so harsh and so cruel. Currentzis makes great use of varied dynamics. Also, he uses changes in tempo very effectively, and this is particularly noticeable in Don Giovanni’s recitative (CD1, track 16) before “La ci darem la mano”, where he sings impressively and most alluringly at a slow tempo. It occurs again, perhaps more subtly, in Donna Anna’s gripping recitative (CD1, track 23), where she tells Don Ottavio of Don Giovanni’s attack on her. In fact, all the singing is really good. Donna Anna’s “Non mi dir…” (CD3, track 7) is noteworthy, as is Donna Elvira’s exquisite rendering of “Mi tradi…” (CD3, tracks 1 and 2). From the vibrant opening chords of the overture, via great singing and really amazing recitatives, to the dying gasp of ‘the Don’ and beyond, this is a memorable recording.
–Ruth Piatkus