Album: Nézet-Séguin, D'Arcangelo, Pisaroni, Damrau, DiDonato, Villazón, Erdmann Mozart: Don Giovanni (Deutsche Grammophon)
The titular hero of Don Giovanni In Yannick Nézet-Séguin's dashing new production is played by Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, who brings a devilish charm to the anti-hero's reckless libertinism – the first-act badinage between him and his squire Leporello is delivered with duly ruthless amusement.
The climax of the First Act displays Nézet-Séguin's undoubted skill in balancing the multitude of elements – the overlapping voices of a first-rate cast, the several dance rhythms, the drama of deceit and subterfuge – with a lightness of touch that doesn't betray the lowering clouds gathering about Don Giovanni's future.
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