New recordings: Mozart 225, featuring Rolando Villazón in Don Giovanni and selected concert arias, plus new La traviata directed by Rolando
In celebration of Mozart’s 225th anniversary, Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon have partnered with the International Stiftung Mozarteum, Salzburg to release Mozart 225. The limited edition box-set of the composer’s complete works features over 240 hours of music presented on 200 CDs, representing the work of over 600 artists.
Rolando Villazón is counted among the artists heard in this work of musicianship and scholarship, and is represented on two recordings with the 2012 issue of Don Giovanni, the recording that launched the star tenor’s Mozart Cycle with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and selections from 2014’s Mozart Concert Arias.
Mozart 225 also includes over 100 work fragments, completions by other composers and doubtful works; five hours of newly recorded performances including some given on Mozart’s own instruments; two fully-illustrated hardback books plus a new “K Book” presenting the numbering of the new Köchel catalogue; five frameable art prints, two score manuscripts, and a letter from Mozart to his father all courtesy of the Mozarteum Foundation; and a Libretto App with full sung texts and translations of Mozart’s works.
Also available today internationally is a new recording of La traviata, staged by Rolando for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. The acclaimed production stars Olga Peretyatko as Violetta with Atalla Ayan as Alfredo and Simone Piazzolla as Germont. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Rolando’s “visually spectacular” interpretation of Verdi’s masterpiece. La traviata will be available in North America on November 18.