Pinza, Rethberg and Weiner Philharmonic, Bruno Walter, cond, Mozart: Don Giovanni

Daphne Carr

By Daphne Carr

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Maynard Solomon dedicates a chapter to the composer's time in Prague in Mozart: A Life. Indeed, the city has dedicated itself to the maestro's memory, thrilled to have been the site of Don Giovanni's commissioning and premiere in 1787. A visitor to modern Prague cannot help but stumble upon this masterwork — performed at the Estates Theater, just as in 1787, or by puppets to a canned track at the National Marionette Theatre. This vintage recording, captured live at the Salzburg Festival in 1937, features the fiery soprano Elizabeth Rethberg in her prime, and a rather puppet-show lot of stage racket, making for a delightful, if unusual, listen.