OP0220. DON GIOVANNI, Live Performance, 6 Aug., 1954, Salzburg, w.Furtwängler Cond. Vienna Staatsoper Ensemble;
Cesare Siepi, Otto Edelmann, Anton Dermota, Elisabeth Grümmer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Erna Berger, Walter Berry & Deszo Ernster. (Germany) 3-EMI 63860, w.64pp Libretto-Brochure. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 077776386027
"...relayed by Austrian Radio [this performance] is the one preserved on these discs....Perhaps it is not too fanciful to feel that [Furtwängler] knew the hand of fate was near him and he was determined to make this GIOVANNI an event that would throw its inspiration well into the future....one has the sense of being present at a highly charged and very special occasion."
- Alan Blyth, Program Notes
“[From] the Salzburg Festival, this preserves a performance by one of the best casts ever assembled for the opera -Cesare Siepi, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth Grümmer, Anton Dermota, Otto Edelmann, Erna Berger and Walter Berry - backed by the best orchestra for the opera - the Vienna Philharmonic - and led by surely the greatest German conductor of the twentieth century. Under Furtwängler, the singers and players create a DON GIOVANNI that is fiery, passionate, romantic, metaphysical, and occasionally hilarious. While some listeners might legitimately prefer a lighter or funnier performance of DON GIOVANNI, and other listeners might prefer a cleaner or clearer recording of DON GIOVANNI, anyone who loves the work or the conductor will love this performance....”
- James Leonard, allmusic.com