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Teodor Currentzis

A masterpiece. Teodor Currentzis’ third and latest recording, after Così fan tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart’s other two operas on libretti by Da Ponte. After hearing the work of this extraordinary conductor - collaborating here with exceptional singers, such as the Greeks Myrto Papathanasiou and Dimitris Tiliakos- one could start writing and find it hard to stop. The experience of this Don Giovanni is so moving that all I can actually write is: Listen to it. Listen to it again and again.

The CD won an award for best opera recording, the Opera Award 2017 by the BBC Music Magazine. The award-winning conductor is the artistic director of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre and the founder and artistic director of the MusicAeterna ensemble and choir - only some of the major milestones in his brilliant career in the international music scene.

This recording is hard to describe in words. I will carefully choose a few words for an impressive work, interpreted by Currentzis with incredible depth and structure, by examining, observing and experiencing along with the characters, using psychoanalytic and philosophical, and not simply descriptive methods. He is not attempting, under any circumstances, to convince us of any particular point of view, or to build “characters”. He simply allows the music and the drama to take the lead (once again), in a display of faith and esotericism, having deconstructed and rebuilt its text from its core. A singular sense of contrast and connection, of the old and the new, of the familiar and the unfamiliar. The sounds he chooses for the different parts of the opera, the performance of the reccitativi, the choice of color and emotion for the arias and each character’s scene, the excellent orchestra, the way he builds up the play from the first to the last note, and everything else I could talk about, are just words, for something that is so strikingly strong.

There are points to which some may disagree when it comes to the choices of this outstanding maestro. It is however one of the few recordings which will force these individuals to go into the “why” and “how”. Currentzis’ interview as the introduction to his CD booklet is, as always, definitive.

This is a CD everyone must have in their collection.

Zoe Zeniodi, conductor, pianist and President of the Scholars’ Association of the Onassis Foundation