1 Dec 2018

MOZART: Don Giovanni Overture

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 1 December 2018

The tale of an amoral character cutting a swathe through polite society is as dramatic as the Overture's opening chords.

Portrait of Mozart

Portrait of Mozart Photo: Barbara Krafft, Public Domain

Don Giovanni seduces, betrays and murders before encountering judgement, which he defies, and refuses redemption.

Orchestra Wellington conducted by Andrew Atkins.

Mozart worked on his opera Don Giovanni through 1787 with his librettist Da Ponte. The Overture was written last, actually on the morning of the first performance. Mozart filled it with references to the drama to come, as well as the brilliant chatter of the sparkling society in which it takes place.

Recorded 1 December 2018, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Graham Kennedy