- Narrated by: David Timson
- Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
- Original Recording Audiobook
- Release date: 10-26-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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"These stunning bars of D-minor...mark the beginning of one of opera’s strangest and most powerful journeys." So begins Smillie’s treatment of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This audiobook explains why this lushly told story of the last day in the life of a libertine has become the 10th most performed opera of all time and was greeted to rapturous ovations upon its 1787 premiere in Prague. Also interesting are the biographical details of Mozart’s brief, brilliant life.
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By Doggy Bird on 02-09-14
Very short introductions to specific operas!
I have recently developed a passion for opera that has found me attending an opera I know little about beforehand. A colleague in London got tickets for Don Giovanni and I decided my first visit to Covent Garden demanded a little investment in preparation ahead of time. This series from Naxos is just perfect to get you ready to attend an opera with a little bit of historical and musical context to make the experience richer.
The recording is only about 1 hour and 20 minutes long. The narrator is good, he provides not only background for the specific opera in question but also for other operas by the same composer. Clips of the music are part of the 'explanation' - one of the nicest feature of audiobooks vs. reading a regular text.
So, you get a summary of the story, some musical interludes and some historical and musical context - helpful to allow you to focus more attention on the music and the staging once you get to the opera.
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By Essam on 03-16-15
These books make me enjoy the opera.
The combination of Thomson Smillie and narration of David Timson is magical.
The book explains the opera with just enough history and background to make it intriguing ,the excerpts are beautiful enough to explain the opera and then you'd love going back to watch or listen to that masterpiece .