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Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail / Schäfer, Petibon, Bostridge, Paton, Ewing, Löw, Les Arts Florissants, Christie

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It was only a matter of time before William Christie got around to recording Mozart's delightful 1782 singspiel, and the results are very happy indeed. Period instruments are just right for the raucous "Turkish" music Mozart composed for Entführung, and they go very nicely with the light voices Christie has chosen as well. Most successful is the Belmonte of tenor Ian Bostridge, already famous for his lieder singing. This is a sensitive yet ardent portrayal, and while the voice may be somewhat limited at the bottom end of the scale, its colors and expressive use more than make up for any limitations. Not only is Christine Schäfer's Konstanze handsomely sung, but for once we feel her rage in "Martern aller Arten," and not at the aria's difficulties. The secondary couple, Pedrillo and Blonde, are sung by Iain Paton and Patricia Petibon, respectively, and they are nice foils for the other two: Paton is impetuous and Petibon is coy where their betters are thoughtful and serious. Alan Ewing's light Osmin seems at first to be too light, but he has the low notes required for the role and shows his sensitive side in his opening aria about love. Still, he could use a bit more heft. Christie's tempi are ideal, his band plays superbly, and the singers embellish their vocal lines tastefully. And the little march before Pasha Selim arrives has never been recorded before. Where did it come from? This may not be the most laugh-heavy performance of the work on CD, but it's beautifully performed. --Robert Levine


Disc: 1
1. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
2. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
3. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
4. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
5. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
6. Die EntfÃ1/4hrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
7. Die EntfÃ1/4hrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
8. Die EntfÃ1/4hrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
9. Die EntfÃ1/4hrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
10. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
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Disc: 2
1. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
2. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
3. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
4. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
5. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
6. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
7. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
8. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
9. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
10. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
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Product Details

  • Performer: Christine Schafer, Ian Bostridge, Patricia Petibon, Iain Paton, Alan Ewing, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00000IWRJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By gks5q@virginia.edu on June 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was eagerly awaiting this recording. I was pretty much ready to pay an arm and a leg for it, so I almost ordered it from overseas because I was getting tired of waiting for it to be released in the U.S. Somehow I managed to wait, and my patience was rewarded by this cheap price from Amazon ($23 is not bad!). I am not a Mozart fan per se; I'm a Christie fan. If not for Christie, I probably wouldn't be in a such a hurry to get acquainted with Die Entfuhrung. It is the authenticity and elegance of Christie's direction that attracted me to this recording, and I knew I could count on the highest quality. I wasn't disappointed. In fact I'll be surprised if this recording doesn't win some major prizes this year. Les Arts Florissants orchestra delights with crisp and virtuosic playing (especially the violins). The cast is excellent. Christine Schafer has been deservedly praised for her Konstanze: her bright and clear soprano carries Konstanze's difficult coloratura arias convincingly and impeccably. Alan Ewing's deep but elegant and expressive bass is very appropriate for Osmin. The light voiced Patricia Petibon is enchanting as Blonde. The tenors in the roles of Belmonte and Pedrillo are a good match for each other. The spoken dialogue is superbly acted: pretty amazing considering that half of the cast are English. Iain Paton's German pronunciation is well nigh perfect! Since drama in Mozart operas is always so important, the attention paid by Les Arts Florissants to every detail of intonation, inflexion and timing really pays off. Let's face it, the main attraction on this recording is Ian Bostridge.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2000
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A wonderful and fun recording. The cast are all great, a little light voiced, but this is a singspiel after all. So the casting is appropriate. The orchestra and chorus are fantastic. Christie's tempos and conducting are perfect. The digital sound is great. I was extremely pleased. Energetic and appropriately "Turkish." The drums and exotic effects shine through better with a smaller ensemble and authentic instruments. This is not the first time that I have heard the charming little march. A budget recording I had bought from Laserlight had an excerpt of a recording by the RIAS chamber chorus and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra that included the little march and the following chorus. Not having heard Gardiner's Abduction recording, I cannot cast a vote between them, but Gramophone criticized Gardiner's Abduction for being too serious. In Christie's hands though, the charm of the opera shines through as if Mozart himself was conducting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
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I am, without question, a Mozartean to the end and have heard many recordings of the "Abduction from the Seraglio" but this has got to be one of the most charming and effervescent performances ever committed to record. Christine Schafer imbues Konstanze with real blood and guts and her vocal prowess could hardly be improved upon. Bostridge is a little on the light side but, nevertheless, gives a beautifully phrased and elegant performance. The Blonde of Patricia Petibon is equally wonderful; her shimmering voice rising to meet the demands of the role. The remaining singers are all good though some, definetely,prove more apt than others. Les Arts Florissant under William Christie's direction are, as one has come to expect from them, wonderful and lively. His tempos are right on the money and he moves the actions along both steadily and beautifully. A jewel-box of a performance and one which I have come to treasure.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Luis Juarez Echenique on September 1, 2000
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William Christie conducts a magical performance of Mozart's peerless singspiel, with Les Arts Florissants feeling quite at home in Mozart's sound world, as if they were playing Rameau or Charpentier. But Christine Schafer's kind of soprano is wrong for the huge and very demanding role of Konstanze, a bigger more opulent voice is needed. Sure Schafer has all the notes, but she sounds pushed to her limits, which is always uncomfortable to listen. Konstanze calls for a Margaret Price voice (she was unbelievable at Glyndebourne in the early 70's). Ian Bostridge is good, but nowhere as good as Wunderlich, Schreier or Francisco Araiza. The Osmin too, could have been improved easily. The orchestra and chorus are glorious, and for them alone I would buy this recording. But if you are on a budget, I think you should consider the Gardiner recording in Archiv. Sir John's performance is very fine indeed, though I prefer Christie's direction, but there is no comparison between the rich voiced Luba Orgonasova Konstanze and Schafer's. The slovak soprano has what it takes, and the mellow American Belmonte is easier on the ears than Bostridge. Gardiner's Osmin is also disappointing. (Kurt Moll where were you????).
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By wenarto on January 1, 2000
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I have been listening to entfuhrung since 1970 and have heard many recording. This album is definitely the best...far better that Solti overpowering on London with the flamboyancy of Edita Gruberova. This is definitely the set to buy. Christie's tempo is right on the money and all singers are in excellent shape and provide best interpretation. I just love this set.
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