Paul Czinner and Alfred Travers directed this recording of one of the popular Da ponte Mozart opera's. Mind you: for 1955 it's quite good. Some good camera work and this in spite of the limited possibilities that filming this art form unfortunately has. So far for the good news.
Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler conducted this recording in august 1954, just three months before his death. He should not have done this recording as I find it simply not good. his tempi are so slow that all dramatics are sucked out of the characters; Wilhelm perhaps thought he was conducting wagner: loud and slow does the trick. It amazes me that Furtwangler shows no dramatic feeling with the characters at all. yes, I do know it's from 1954 and I keep that in my mind writing this. this musical interpretation I find very black/white and without passion! that's the keyword: Passion.