One of the most grown-up review sites around
One of the most grown-up review sites around

Search MusicWeb Here
 

 

International mailing

  Founder: Len Mullenger              Founding Editor: Rob Barnett              Contact Seen and Heard here

Some items
to consider

  • Henze Kammermusik 1958
  • Mozart Flute Quartets
  • Schubert complete piano works
  • Sammartini: 6 Concerti grossi
  • Henze Kammermusik 1958
 
Tudor



CD and Blue-ray Audio


CD and Blue-ray Audio


CPE Bach Cantatas
a revelation


Biber: Sacred Choral Works
Don't miss it


Jonathan Dove


Tommie Haglund
Unique and Powerful music


Organ Fireworks


Highly Entertaining


A triumphant performance


Bruckner Symphony 4
One of the finest I have heard


A most joy-inducing recording


A winning partnership


A Lohengrin to treasure.

 

REVIEW
Plain text for smartphones & printers


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb



Donate and get a free CD

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical



Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
   
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Vacant
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Support us financially by purchasing this disc from
Ruggero Raimondi - My Favourite Opera: Don Giovanni
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Communale Di Bologna/Riccardo Chailly
Stage Director: Luca Ronconi
Picture format: 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo
rec. 1992
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: Italian (original language), English, German, French EUROARTS DVD 2001828 [58:00]


 
It seems that My Favourite Opera is a new line from EuroArts. The series will study the results of involvement of a particular artists with a specific role. In this case it is the internationally acclaimed Bolognese bass-baritone Ruggero Raimondi (b. 1941). The contents of the disc are built around his return to Bologna. This is his birthplace and there he is to perform his favourite opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, at the historic Teatro Communale. He works under the musical direction of the conductor Riccardo Chailly and the stage direction of Luca Ronconi, two famous figures in the operatic world. This is nothing unusual for Raimondi. He has performed under all the leading conductors of the last forty years; likewise the greatest directors.
 
Alongside pictures the opening spoken resumé (CH.1) tells us that Raimondi has sung the role of Don Giovanni over four hundred times since the start of his professional career in 1964. Since his appearance at Glyndebourne in 1969 he has sung it in many of the world’s major opera houses and, most notably, in the memorable 1978 film made by Joseph Losey. Other notable films featuring Raimondi are Francesco Rosi’s production of Carmen (1984) in which he sings Escamillo and Benoit Jacquot’s Tosca – the latter capturing his fearsome Scarpia (2003). These continue to be available in the visual medium, as do many Raimondi performances from the world’s opera houses and festivals across a diverse repertoire and variety of roles.
 
The present film takes us through the stages of preparation of Don Giovanni illustrated by musical excerpts at rehearsals. The whole matter of the opera’s production, from piano rehearsals to staging with and without costume and orchestra are covered; there’s even a prompter present (CH.8). The closing scene is a particular focus presented as it is in its final form (CH.9).
 
Whilst the process of getting an opera onto the stage is interesting, even more so are the insights the film gives into Raimondi himself. We are shown how he prepares his voice (CH.2), how he relaxes with his friends and family (CH.3) and how he gives something back by coaching students at the Bologna Conservatory (CH. 5).
 
Many people who have taken to watching live opera via the regular cinema transmissions from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, have told me how they have enjoyed the intermission talks with the singers and even seeing the scenery moved around and erected. This takes that sort of knowledge a stage further by following a singer involved in all the stages of a production as well as giving insights into his life outside the theatre. As such I think it should interest all opera-lovers as well as Ruggero Raimondi admirers, and at a reasonable price.
 
Robert J Farr