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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [The Magic Flute]


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Audio CD, October 25, 1990
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  • Performer: Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberova, Roland Bracht, Siegfried Jerusalem, Aage Haugland, et al.
  • Orchestra: Sinfonie-Orchester des Byerischenrundfunks
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002RPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ov - Bavarian RSO/Bernard Haitnik
2. Act One: Zu hilfe! Zu Hilfe!' - Siegfried Jerusalem/Marilyn Richardson/Doris Soffel/Ortrun Wenkel
3. Act One: 'Ich Sollte Fort?' - Marilyn Richardson/Doris Soffel/Ortrun Wenkel
4. Act One: 'Wo Bin Ich? Ist's Phantasie, Dass Ich Noch Lebe...' - Siegfried Jerusalem
5. Act One:'Der Vogelfanger Bin Ich Ja' - Wolfgang Brendel
6. Act One: 'He Da!'...'Was Da?' - Siegfried Jerusalem/Wolfgang Brendel
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Act Two: March Of The Priests - Bavarian RSO/Bernard Haitnik
2. Act Two: 'Ihr, In Dem Weisheitstempel Eingeweihten Diener...' - Roland Bracht/Marilyn Richardson/Doris Soffel/Ortrun Wenkel
3. Act Two: 'O Isis Und Osiris' - Roland Bracht/Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
4. Act Two: 'Eine Schreckliche Nacht!' - Siegfried Jerusalem/Wolfgang Brendel/Marilyn Richardson/Doris Soffel
5. Act Two: 'Bewahret Euch Vor Weibertucken' - Marilyn Richardson/Doris Soffel
6. Act Two: 'He Lichter Her, Lichter Her!' - Wolfgang Brendel/Siegfried Jerusalem
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Act Two: 'Bald Prangt, Den Morgen Zu Verkunden' - Tolzer Knaben/Lucia Popp
2. Act Two: 'Der, Welcher Wandelt Diese Strasse' - Peter Hofmann/Aage Haugland/Siegfried Jerusalem/Lucia Popp
3. Act Two: 'Tamino Mein! O Welch Ein Gluck!' - Lucia Popp/Siegfried Jerusalem/Peter Hofmann/Aage Haugland
4. Act Two: 'Wir Wandelten Durch Feuergluten' - Siegfried Jerusalem/Lucia Popp
5. 'Triumph! Triumph! Du Edles Paar' - Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks
6. Act Two: 'Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!' - Wolfgang Brendel/Tolzer Knaben
See all 9 tracks on this disc

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See my detailed review under this item's other entry: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte. In capsule: Gruberova as Queen of the Night and Popp as Pamina are stellar, Jerusalem-Tamino and Brendel-Papageno range from excellent to a bit disappointing, Zednik is a fine Monostatos, Bracht a good Sarastro and Bailey a good Speaker. The rest of the cast is variable, but its blemishes would not have been enough to offset this recording's numerous assets, if it hadn't been for Haitink's certainly non-exceptionable but often unimaginative and unmemorable, middle-of-the-road (and even, in Act I, often laid-back to the point of laziness) interpretive choices.

Overall then, because of the lack of a really strong and personal vision at the helm, this version is not equal to the best (in my opinion, Christie and Solti II: Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)), but still indispensable to the Flute collector for Gruberova and Popp, and as a budget version it is one of the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on May 14, 2012
I picked this up second hand for $9.00 at a local store and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the performance. What attracted me was the idea of a complete Tamino, cheap, by Siegfried Jerusalem, whose Wagner singing I have admired, and I wasn't disappointed. It's thrilling to hear a voice of this size and quality singing Mozart with feeling and style. I know that lighter voices can do it well -- Ernst Haefliger for Ferenc Fricsay in 1954, for example, and Christoph Strehl for Abbado in 2005 (both Deutsche Grammophon). And these recordings are both superb. But there's a place for Haitink's version. It's a touch slower, but with plenty of rhythmic life and warm orchestral sound from the Bavarian RSO. One might say that Haitink's conception seems untouched by the influence of the early performance movement, but it works. There's not only Jerusalem's Tamino but the lovely Pamina of the late Lucia Popp -- maybe the most sheerly beautiful voice to sing Pamina on record -- the vivid Queen of Edita Gruberova (properly crazed in "Der Holle Rache"), a fine Speaker from Norman Bailey (best known as a Sachs and Wotan), a lively Papageno from Wolfgang Brendel (another voice with Wagnerian credentials), and oddly a couple of cameos from Waldemar Kmentt and Erich Kunz, best known for operetta work in the 1950's and '60's. Sarastro is Roland Bracht, warm of voice if not particularly distinctive, but well up to the task. In short, there's not a weak link in the cast. The recording dates from 1981 and sounds fine, if not quite up to the standards of more recent digital recordings.

I'm not arguing that this is the greatest "Flute" ever -- there's isn't such a thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Rupert on September 1, 2011
I've owned this version since it first appeared at full price. I have never learned to love it. The cast is good, and there's nothing overtly bad about the musical choices. The problem is that it's just not interesting; this opera is funny, but you would never know it from this recording. it is staid and uninvolving in overall effect. I blame the conductor. Get a different version.
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