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Per queste tue manine, K540b

1788; Vienna; duet for Leporello and Zerlina added into Don Giovanni, K527
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The Vienna version of Don Giovanni necessitated some judicious rewriting of various scenes. Mozart’s Viennese alternatives include a new duet in Act 2 for Leporello and Zerlina (‘Per queste tue manine’. The servant, disguised as his master, has briefly escaped from the clutches of a host of offended people seeking to punish the libertine. In the Vienna version, Zerlina drags Leporello back by the hair, ties him to a chair fastened to a window, and threatens him with torture; he pleads his innocence and asks to be released, but Zerlina refuses and goes in search of help (Leporello tugs the window-frame from its hinges, and escapes still attached to both the chair and the window-frame).

from notes by David Vickers © 2015


Arias for Benucci
Studio Master: CDA68078Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 22 on CDA68078 [3'29]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68078 track 22

Recording date
10 November 2013
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Arias for Benucci (CDA68078)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: October 2015
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