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Der Stein der Weisen (The Philosopher's Stone) by Mozart, Hennebert, Schack, Gerl, Schikaneder / Pearlman, Boston Baroque
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I also suspect that there is somewhat more of Mozart's music in this piece than the press reviewer counts. I interpret the attribution column of the liner notes to say that Mozart wrote much of the second-act finale, and, while I am no musicologist, the segments of that finale seem to build in the way that a Mozart finale does. Still, if you listen to The Magic Flute only because of the grandeur of the music and are really put off by the plot, this singspiel will only annoy you further, since Mozart was using his considerable talents here simply in support of yet another bizarre fairy tale.
I would be a bit more generous to the singers than some of the other reviewers. I enjoyed listening to all the performances and felt that the characters, such as they were (there is a good deal of fairy and folk tale formula here), were brought to life successfully. The orchestra of authentic instruments under Martin Pearlman always sounds good to me. There were never any moments when I felt I was putting up with an inferior performance simply because it was the only performance available.
I bought it ONLY because it bore the name Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and had that name not been on there this would have been a huge loss. The entire opera is WONDERFUL. Yes the 1 hour and 50 minutes of music that Mozart didn't write is sublime and WONDERFUL!
I can't rave enough. If you love GREAT music- get this....
The duet done by Mozart is wonderful as well!
The performance here is excellent, making for a most enjoyable set. There are no outstanding voices, nor should there be, and the Boston Baroque ensemble sounds just right. The only real weakness is that, as with all singspiels, there are long bits of German dialogue which do not make rewarding listening on repeated hearings or if one is not fluent in German.
Don't get this set because it has bits by Mozart -- they are only a small fraction of the music and they are far from being his best work -- but because its a pleasant and enlightening set. But it's not for people who would not consider buying operas by Salieri, Cimarosa, etc., but only go for the big names.
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What can one say about a work by Mozart. It is devine.
Definitely lives up to its reputation of being the second Magic Flute. Read more
I agree with all the wonderful things previous reviewers have said about the music in Der Stein der Weisen and its performance by Boston Baroque and Company under the direction of... Read morePublished on April 14, 2003