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Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Georg Solti , Wiener Philharmoniker , Ruth Ziesak , Uwe Heilmann , Michael Kraus , Sumi Jo , Kurt Moll , Heinz Zednik , Lotte Leitner Audio CD
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listen  1. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K.620 - OvertureWiener Philharmoniker 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe!"Uwe Heilmann 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja"Michael Kraus 7:06Album Only
listen  4. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön"Uwe Heilmann 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "O zittre nicht"Sumi Jo 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Hm! hm! hm! hm!"Michael Kraus 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Du feines Täubchen, nur herein"Heinz Zednik 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen"Ruth Ziesak 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn"Max Emanuel Cencic 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben"Uwe Heilmann 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Wo willst du kühner Fremdling hin?"Andreas Schmidt 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K.620 - (E. Schikaneder) - Act 1 - "Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton"Uwe Heilmann 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Schnelle Füße, rascher Mut"Ruth Ziesak 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Es lebe Sarastro! Sarastro lebe!"Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Herr, ich bin zwar Verbrecherin"Ruth Ziesak 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - Marsch der PriesterKurt Moll 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "O Isis und Osiris"Kurt Moll 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - Dialog "Eine schreckliche Nacht"Uwe Heilmann 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Bewahret euch vor Weibertücken" - Dialog "He, Lichter her!"Clemens Bieber 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Wie? Wie? Wie?"Adrianne Pieczonka 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden"Heinz Zednik 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herze"Sumi Jo 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "In diesen heil'gen Hallen"Kurt Moll 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Seid uns zum zweiten Mal willkommen"Max Emanuel Cencic 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Ach, ich fühl's"Ruth Ziesak 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "O Isis und Osiris, welche Wonne!"Kurt Moll 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Soll ich dich, Teurer, nicht mehr sehn?"Ruth Ziesak 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen"Michael Kraus 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Bald prangt, den Morgen zu verkünden"Max Emanuel Cencic 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Bald prangt, den Morgen zu verkünden" - "Du also bist mein Bräutigam"Ruth Ziesak 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Der, welcher wandelt diese Straße voll Beschwerden"Hans Franzen 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Tamino mein, o welch ein Glück"Ruth Ziesak 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Wir wandelten durch Feuersgluten"Uwe Heilmann 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Papagena! Papagena!"Michael Kraus 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena!"Michael Kraus 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - Nur stille, stille, stilleHeinz Zednik 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Die Strahlen der Sonne" - "Heil sei euch"Kurt Moll 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Ruth Ziesak, Uwe Heilmann, Michael Kraus, Sumi Jo, Kurt Moll, et al.
  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (September 12, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041ZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This will be the Magic Flute chosen by most people who want to live with just one. It finds Georg Solti in a relatively relaxed state of mind, with an excellent if not particularly famous cast, and an orchestra and chorus that any conductor would give his left arm (not the one that welds the baton) to work with. The singers are not particularly well-known (London seems to have set up Solti as the star of this production) but a lack of celebrity attitudes and close attention to the conductor have paid substantial dividends in this production. Sumi Jo, in a spectacular and dramatic performance of the Queen of the Night's two arias, attracts special attention, as do Uwe Heilmann (Tamino) and Michael Kraus (Papageno). --Joe McLellan

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flute April 1, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What's the most important thing a person looks for in a Magic Flute? Frankly, if you think deeply enough, ultimately, what makes or breaks a flute is the Queen of the Night!! Yes, the most important cornerstone of a Magic Flute is the Queen of the Night. What all of us look for ultimately is the Queen of the Night because her arias are the most dazzling and brilliant in the whole opera, and indeed, is one of the most dazzling and fascinating in the whole of the opera repertoire. So this particular magic flute fulfils one of the most important prerequisites of a Magic Flute - it has an outstanding Queen of the Night, Sumi Jo. Spectacular, brilliant, dazzling and flung out with astonishing ease and accuracy in precision. Her trills are beyond belief. Whereas many outstanding Queen of the Nights, including Lucia Popp and Duetekom cheats on the trills and misses out a note here and a note there, the notes are intact in Sumi's case. The first time I heard her, I was absolutely thrilled and stunned.
Of course, a weak Queen destroys a flute but a good Queen doesnot make a bad flute good. Fortunately for us, the rest of the cast is well-nigh flawless. Ziesek here sings with tremendous freshness and intelligence. She portrays what Pamina should be - a young girl with the kind of innocence so often missing in other flutes. Ziesek's characterization of Pamina here is simply outstanding. It is often the case that the role of Pamina is given to singers who sing beautifully but without characterization or emotions. So you end up with a Pamina whose arias are all beautifully executed but with not much character in them. Not so here - you hear her desperation and despair, here sincerity. This is an exceptional Pamina.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Performance January 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have seen Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) on several occasions and this recording by Sir Georg Solti has always brought back those wonderful performances. With the Mozart 250th birthday this January Gramophone magazine selected the best recordings of the opera and this Solti version was among the top choices. Sir Georg had a long association with the opera that dated back to the late 1930s when he was an assistant conductor under Toscanini. Overall, the recording has a feeling of excitement that is apparent from the overture to the concluding chorus of the final act. The dialogue is dramatically spoken and conveys a real performance with comic moments (particularly those with Papageno) coming off nicely. The Overture is beautifully played with perfect phrasing from the Vienna Philharmonic.

The casting of the parts is excellent with Uwe Heilmann as Tamino and Ruth Ziesak as Pamina, who provides a full characterization of her role down to the desperation she feels when faced with Tamino's silence. Michael Kraus makes a great Papageno but certainly does not eclipse Hermann Prey from Solti's 1969 recording of the opera. He is wonderfully comic and sings Ein Maddchen oder Weibchen with apparent joy. I was fortunate to see Sumi Jo sing the Queen of the Night and I recall the praise reviewers gave her performance. Ms. Jo gives a fabulous performance here from her first aria O, zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn! to the well-known coloratura favorite Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen. Kurt Moll is a commanding Sarastro and Heinz Zednick is a fine Monstantos who particularly shines during his scene with Pamina.

Sir Georg adopts perfect tempi and the Vienna Philharmonic respond to him with beautiful playing. His deep affection for this opera shows through the entire recording and is one that should not be missed.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Magic Flute October 26, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Solti's Decca set eclipses the Klemperer (1964) set. Here is my comparision
Conductor: Advantage: DECCA! Both did a great job. But Solti confers a touch of lightness that Klemperer lacks. Klemperer's is a heavier performance and slower too. Solti's is exciting. What he did with the overture is nothing short of stunning. His papageno ... papagena is hilarious - light, quick, witty and charming. While Klemperer's is too slow for any impact. Solti's Queen of the Night is also rightly paced. Klemperer's is also fabulous but a shade that slow.
Queen of the Night: Advantage: DECCA! Lucia Popp became famous because of the Queen of the Night. She is spectacular and irreplaceable. Firm, Authoritative, accurate. Her high F's sung magnificently and effortlessly. But Sumi Jo is even more spectacular (no doubt among the finest on disc - definitely better than Roberta Peters or Deutokom). Her high F's are just a shade less securely sung than Popp's high F's. In terms of dexterity, Sumi Jo wins Popp. However, Popp loses control and goes a little off intonation and misses a few notes in the stratosphere. Sumi Jo, on the other hand, has perfect control in the stratosphere - intonation is perfect and all notes are intact. So overall, I would rate Sumi Jo higher.
Pamina: Advantage: EVEN. Ziesek's performance is more intelligent and more moving. Her performance is wonderful and has more emotions in it. If only she had Janowitz voice. Janowitz sings a little blandly by comparison but her voice is more beautiful. So they even out.
Tamino: Advantage: DECCA! Heilmann is just that shade better than Gedda.
Papageno: Advantage: DECCA. Decca's papageno has that comic element missing in the Klemperer set.
Three Ladies: Advantage: EMI!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solti at his best
Although I have always been impressed with his treatment of the heavier repertoire (Wagner, Mahler, Bruckner, Bartok), Solti would have been among my last choices for a Zauberflote... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Quinton Fox
2.0 out of 5 stars Solti's first recording was better
Solti was known for dashing through works, ending with a big orchestral splash to impress novices. This is one of those. No feeling or fire whatsoever. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Col William Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Is this the best recording of Die Zauberflöte there is? Can't say. It's certainly the best recording of it I've ever heard.
Published 11 months ago by S. Angland
5.0 out of 5 stars Amo la flauta magica
No sé tanto de música clásica sin embargo estoy enamorada de esta opera desde que la escuche por primera vez hace muchos muchos años. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gina Montaño
4.0 out of 5 stars Great "Men At Arms " Duet; The Rest Holds Together Well
Here's what I really love about this performance. The "Men At Arms" duet is given a perfect reading, for once really indicating the plainchant base really well, but without missing... Read more
Published on September 16, 2011 by Peter P. Fuchs
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice tings, but not the Tamino and Papageno
The naysayers have been drowned out in the chorus of praise for Solti's remake of Die Zaubrflote from Vienna, but I'm afraid they're right. Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Zauberflöte
About two or three years ago, Deutsche Grammophon released a fantastic Flute from Modena conducted by Abbado and sung by greats like Röschmann, Strehl, and Pape. Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by The Cultural Observer
5.0 out of 5 stars Vox clamans in multitudine - I concur: yes, this is an exceptional...
Being the 24th reviewer, this version from 1990, recorded in the wake of Salzburg performances staged by Johannes Schaaf (although with a significantly renewed cast) and greeted... Read more
Published on September 8, 2007 by Discophage
5.0 out of 5 stars superb queen of the night
IMHO, "Der Hoelle Rache" is the most memorable of the arias in this opera, and Sumi Jo does a brilliant job with it. Compare the online clip of it vs other recordings on amazon. Read more
Published on October 10, 2006 by John R
3.0 out of 5 stars Suma correccion....
...Pero nada mas. Muy bien cantada, con un reparto donde destacan los seguros agudos de la Reina de la Noche de SUMI JO. Read more
Published on November 6, 2003 by Annio mozartiano ;)
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