HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni (Krips)

Many thanks for this masterpiece to our friend Jean-Luc
A gifted conductor, Josef Krips returned to the Vienna Opera just after World War II (as a Jew, he had had to leave in 1938), and renewed its tradition of Mozartian performance. Many of the finest qualities of this 1955 studio recording emanate from him and his players–the tempi are well judged and the musicianship marvelous. The singing is less consistent. The lightweight Belgian soprano Suzanne Danco is underwhelming as Donna Anna, while the skilled baritone Walter Berry is again too slight for the bass part of Masetto. Even the lovely Lisa Della Casa–who sang Elvira regularly onstage–often sounds challenged by the role here, despite lovely moments. Italian Cesare Siepi is a bass Giovanni (rather than the expected baritone), and though this too throws the vocal balance out of kilter, he’s a charmer, all right. Fernando Corena’s Leporello and Hilde Güden’s Zerlina are both topnotch, Anton Dermota’s Ottavio cool but conscientious. This is an excellent memento of Krips, but a better all-around and similarly vintage option is Carlo Maria Giulini’s EMI recording from 1959, still arguably the most satisfying account of the opera. –George Hall

Merry Xmas to everybody and a Happy New Year!

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Cesare Siepi, Fernando Corena, Kurt Böhme, Walter Berry, Hilde Güden, Lisa Della Casa, Suzanne Danco, Anton Dermota
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Josef Krips
Vinyl (1956)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

This recording was made in 1955 but still sounds amazingly clear and vivid. Krips is a real Mozartian: perfectly judged tempi, beautiful phrasing and dramatic tension. He conjures glorious noises out of the Vienna Philharmonic. The cast certainly lives up to this high standard. Cesare Siepi is an outstanding Giovanni, singing with rich, dark tone and crystal-clear diction. His Giovanni is closer to the seducer than to the amoral demon. I like this interpretation, though others may not. However, his singing is so beautiful nothing bad can be said about it. Fernando Corena, one of the greatest buffo basses of this century, is Leporello. Unlike, for instance Taddei on the overrated Giulini version, he actually sings the role, characterizing through intelligent word-pointing rather than through singing in a “funny” voice. Suzanne Danco is an excellent Anna, with agile coloratura and a beautiful voice. Lisa della Casa is a beautiful, silvery-toned Elvira; Anton Dermota is a gorgeous Ottavio, singing with golden beauty; Hilde Güden’s Zerlina is well characterized and beautifully sung; the young Walter Berry’s Masetto is similarly well sung; and the chilling, black Commendatore of Kurt Böhme rounds out the cast. This “Don Giovanni” is the one to have.

Analyzed folder: /96k WAM – Don Giovanni – Gueden, Siepi, Della Casa – Krips
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -0.94 dB     -19.82 dB     sideA.aif
DR14        -1.09 dB     -20.12 dB     sideB.aif
DR13        -0.28 dB     -18.97 dB     sideC.aif
DR15        -0.56 dB     -20.68 dB     sideD.aif
DR15        -0.31 dB     -19.48 dB     sideE.aif
DR14        -0.71 dB     -18.38 dB     sideF.aif
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR14

Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
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8 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni (Krips)

  1. After nearly two hours download, then another hour and 50+ to unpack the links, I was straining at bit to get to this one!
    First, Rach I like your estimate of the over all recording much better than that of George Hall.
    So too my great gratitude to Jean Luc, then to your magic with the sound.

    The fullness, yea a bit of echo in the hall is so beautifully spacious.
    And the singers are glorious.
    Bravo, Maestro and to your benefactor, J. L.
    A perfect Christmas gift and welcome to many hours of pleasure in 2016.
    “The only answer I can make is thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks!”
    Your friend,

  2. Thanks, dear Rach!
    I shall confess, I have downloaded none of operas ripped by you. (What a shame!… And at least 50% – maybe much more – of all your rips are operas).
    Well, I’m not a big fan of the genre. However, I like opera arias from Handel or Mozart. For example, the disc with the Mozart arias by marvellous Edda Moser is one of my favorite records.
    So, I like arias from Don Giovanni, as well.
    Maybe, I should start with this benchmark recording (it was released on CD in the Decca Masters series)? I’ll try.

  3. Superb! I’m a huge fan of basso Siepi. This is my favorite Don Giovanni. It’s especially nice with Gueden and Della Casa – I loved them in Kleiber’s Le nozze di Figaro.

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