MOZART Don Giovanni / Terfel, Netrebko, Barenboim 0735218
The glittery cast is in (mostly) fine form . . . [Peter Mattei, a masterful Don,] sings beautifully. In the recitative before "La ci darem," he adds unctuousness to his phrasing and tone . . . Mattei's ability to convey this is an instance of sterling vocal technique meeting a canny interpretive instinct . . . [Anna Netrebko] is an amazingly glamorous Donna Anna, in sound as well as looks . . . when her lustrous tone informs the timbre of the entire ensemble at the Act I curtain, Donna Anna seems very much the moral center of the piece . . . Barbara Frittoli, the Elvira, was in fine vocal estate . . . She is a deft comedian, making the character simultaneously foolish and sympathetic . . . [on "Mi tradi",] Frittoli's bold, stylish singing of the aria keeps the character from descending into absurdity . . . Mattei, Netrebko and Frittoli make this disc worthy of attention. Carson's production provides compelling insights . . .