MOZART Don Giovanni Gardiner 4458702
. . . Gardiner's recording benefits from his period performance insights, and his approach -- light on its feet, yet accentuating the tension when in demonic/dramatic mode -- summons clean, vigorous playing from the orchestra. Rodney Gilfry's aggressively virile Giovanni encompasses charm where needed, while Ildebrando D'Arcangelo's Leporello is firmly characterised and vividly sung. Luba Orgonasova is an exciting Donna Anna, complemented by Christoph Pregardien's tensile Don Ottavio. Eirian James's Zerlina and Andrea Silvestrelli's Commendatore are also assets; but it's the overall vitality that makes this version memorable.
Gardiner . . . [hace] que los cantantes traten de irradiar una espontaneidad a través de la cual se exprese la belleza natural y desnuda de la música.