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Mozart’s Don Giovanni starts the debaucheries in a new recording conducted by Teodor Currentzis, whose preceding Le nozze di Figaro and Cosí fan tutte were not exactly loved in these pages. I’m pleased to say that this new release is a vast improvement. Using a combination of Prague and Vienna versions, Currentzis’s crisp tempi are welcome and there are fewer metronomic lurches to spoil the flow. The harsher orchestral palate of the orchestra, MusicAeterna, suits the more abrasive overall approach. The cast is mixed: Giovanni and Leporello (Dimitri Tiliakos and Vito Priante), spark wonderfully off each other and their recitatives are full of zest and vigour. Karina Gauvin offers an eloquently sung Elvira and Christina Gansch and Guido Loconsolo are well-matched as Zerlina and Masetto. Kenneth Tarver brings class and experience to Don Ottavio. Alas, Myrtò Papatanasiu’s Anna is flimsily sung, accurate enough but lacking any vocal grandeur or sweep.

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