Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620 (The Magic Flute)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Anton Dermota (Tamino), Irmgard Seefried (Pamina), Erich Kunz (Papageno), Wilma Lipp (Queen of the Night), Emmy Loose (Papagena), Ludwig Weber (Sarastro), Peter Klein (Monostatos), George London (Speaker), Sena Jurinac, Friedl Riegler, Else Schurhof (Three Ladies), Erich Majkut, Harald Proglhoff (Two Priests), Hermine Steinmassi, Eleonore Dorpinghans, Annelies Stuckl (Three Boys)

Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien & Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

In 1946, the legendary producer Walter Legge went to Vienna for what turned out to be a momentous meeting with Herbert von Karajan. It led to many treasurable recordings, among them this version of of Die Zauberflöte, made in 1950. With a cast including such singers as Irmgard Seefried, Sena Jurinac, Anton Dermota and Erich Kunz, it evokes a golden era for Mozart in Vienna.

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Warner Classics - The Home of Opera - 2564648323

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live from the Salzburg Festival 1982


Edita Gruberova (Königin der Nacht), Peter Schreier (Tamino), Christian Boesch (Papageno), Ileana Cotrubas (Pamina), Edda Moser (Erste Dame), Ann Murray (Zweite Dame), Ingrid Mayr (Dritte Dame), Martti Talvela (Sarastro), Horst Hiestermann (Monostatos), Gudrun Sieber (Papagena)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, James Levine (conductor) & Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (stage director)

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval when it was premiered in Salzburg. The theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnelle created a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubaș as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 189 mins

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109190

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live from the Salzburg Festival 1982


Edita Gruberova (Königin der Nacht), Peter Schreier (Tamino), Christian Boesch (Papageno), Ileana Cotrubas (Pamina), Edda Moser (Erste Dame), Ann Murray (Zweite Dame), Ingrid Mayr (Dritte Dame), Martti Talvela (Sarastro), Horst Hiestermann (Monostatos), Gudrun Sieber (Papagena)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, James Levine (conductor) & Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (stage director)

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval when it was premiered in Salzburg. The theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnelle created a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubaș as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 189 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Georg Zeppenfeld (Sarastro), Bernard Richter (Tamino), Mandy Fredrich (Queen of Night), Julia Kleiter (Pamina), Markus Werba (Papageno), Rudolf Schasching (Monostatos), Martin Gantner (Speaker), Elisabeth Schwarz (Papagena), Sandra Trattnigg (First Lady), Anja Schlosser (Second Lady), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Third Lady), Members of the Tölzer Knaben (Three Boys), Lucian Krasznec (First Man in Armour/First Priest), Andreas Hörl (Second Man in Armour)

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor), Jens-Daniel Herzog (director)

One of Mozart’s best-known opera, Die Zauberflöte, opened the series of new opera productions of the 2012 Salzburg Festival. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducted his ensemble, the Concentus Musicus Wien, performing the Salzburg Festival’s first-ever performance of Die Zauberflöte on period instruments.

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Pavol Breslik (Tamino), Kate Royal (Pamina), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Sarastro), Ana Durlovski (Queen of the Night), Michael Nagy (Papageno), Regula Mühlemann (Papagena), Annick Massis (First Lady), Magdalena Kožená (Second Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann (Third Lady), José van Dam (Speaker), James Elliott (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett (First Priest), Jonathan Lemalu (Second Priest), Andreas Schager (First Armoured Man), David Jerusalem (Second Armoured Man)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

“There are some pieces which are so brilliantly successful and so immediately popular that people tend to forget how extraordinary they are. But let’s not forget what a raging masterpiece Mozart’s Magic Flute is and how different it was from anything anybody had done before – even Mozart.” Sir Simon Rattle

The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.” Then there is all the magic of new beginnings that comes with this Easter Festival, which took place in Baden-Baden for the first time, opening a new chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. And there is yet another first connected to this performance: the orchestra had never performed the opera live before. Only three studio recordings – under Sir Thomas Beecham in the 30s, in the 60s with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan in the 80s – were previously released. This great recording tradition is now continued with this new DVD.

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Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Playing time: 163 mins (performance), 43 mins (bonus)

Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Carsen’s staging and Michael Levine’s sets are stamped with strong contrasts ...though they still don’t find the most persuasive means of presenting the opera’s ingredients...Rattle’s speeds are occasionally too fast, but his phrasings and details are bright and bouncy...Solid performances at the top keep the lyric drama alive.” The Times, 27th September 2013 ****

“Think Eros and Thanatos; think the battle between life, love and death...You need quite a pool of literary reference for this production which, although it's as thoughtful and searching as Carsen's work often tends to be, is short on any sense of real enchantment or wonder.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 **

“[Rattle's] speeds are generally on the fast side but he allows the singers plenty of expressive leeway...Do give this a try if you’re after a thought-provoking new perspective on the Flute: the balance of dark and light is masterly, and it sounds and looks gorgeous!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st October 2013

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Pavol Breslik (Tamino), Kate Royal (Pamina), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Sarastro), Ana Durlovski (Queen of the Night), Michael Nagy (Papageno), Regula Mühlemann (Papagena), Annick Massis (First Lady), Magdalena Kožená (Second Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann (Third Lady), José van Dam (Speaker), James Elliott (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett (First Priest), Jonathan Lemalu (Second Priest), Andreas Schager (First Armoured Man), David Jerusalem (Second Armoured Man)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

“There are some pieces which are so brilliantly successful and so immediately popular that people tend to forget how extraordinary they are. But let’s not forget what a raging masterpiece Mozart’s Magic Flute is and how different it was from anything anybody had done before – even Mozart.” Sir Simon Rattle

The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.” Then there is all the magic of new beginnings that comes with this Easter Festival, which took place in Baden-Baden for the first time, opening a new chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. And there is yet another first connected to this performance: the orchestra had never performed the opera live before. Only three studio recordings – under Sir Thomas Beecham in the 30s, in the 60s with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan in the 80s – were previously released. This great recording tradition is now continued with this new Blu-ray.

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Playing time: 163 mins (performance), 43 mins (bonus)

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Please Note: JAPAN, CHINA & HONG KONG - For contractual reasons, we have been asked not to sell this product to customers in Japan, China and Hong Kong. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

“Think Eros and Thanatos; think the battle between life, love and death...You need quite a pool of literary reference for this production which, although it's as thoughtful and searching as Carsen's work often tends to be, is short on any sense of real enchantment or wonder.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 **

“[Rattle's] speeds are generally on the fast side but he allows the singers plenty of expressive leeway...Do give this a try if you’re after a thought-provoking new perspective on the Flute: the balance of dark and light is masterly, and it sounds and looks gorgeous!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st October 2013

“Carsen’s staging and Michael Levine’s sets are stamped with strong contrasts ...though they still don’t find the most persuasive means of presenting the opera’s ingredients...Rattle’s speeds are occasionally too fast, but his phrasings and details are bright and bouncy...Solid performances at the top keep the lyric drama alive.” The Times, 27th September 2013 ****

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Peter Schreier (Tamino), Gunther Lieb (Papageno), Helen Donath (Pamina), Sylvia Geszty (Königin der Nacht), Theo Adam (Sarastro), Harald Neukirch (Monostatos), Siegfried Vogel (Sprecher), Renate Hoff (Papagena), Hanne-Lore Kuhse (Erste Dame), Gisela Schröter (Zweite Dame), Annelies Burmeister (Dritte Dame)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Otmar Suitner

Recorded in 1970

Eurodisc - 88725460332

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Recorded live at La Teatro alla Scala, 20 March, 2011


Günther Groissböck (Sarastro), Saimir Pirgu (Tamino), Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night), Genia Kühmeier (Pamina), Ailish Tynan (Papagena), Alex Esposito (Papageno) & Peter Bronder (Monostatos)

Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala & Choir of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Roland Böer (conductor) & William Kentridge (stage director)

From the Queen of the Night's vocal pyrotechnics to Papageno's chirpy birdsongs, The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. However, its fairytale surface conceals the mysteries of an initiation ritual and a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination.

This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, featuring the dazzling Russian coloratura Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night, and Italian bass Alex Esposito as Papageno, one of the most sought after artists of his generation.

Extra features:

Overview of the Magic Flute

Cast gallery

Running time 150 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/IT

“This is a wonderful performance...I was more moved and enchanted by this than by any other Magic Flute I have seen on DVD...[Esposito's Papageno] sung with glorious abandon, while his acting strikes notes of pathos...Kuhmeier is as expressive as it's possible to be, without transgressing Mozart's idiom...The most sensational performance is by [Shagimuratova], the finest Queen of the Night I have ever heard...This is a noble, ennobling achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012

“It is world-worthy; the conception, by South African artist William Kentridge, emphasizes the concepts of light and dark, exploration and love...It's endlessly good to look at...Musically, there is also much to admire...Esposito's Papageno is a well-sung charmer - more serious than many, deeply sincere...this is a fascinating take on the work that Flute aficionados will appreciate for plenty of reasons.” International Record Review, March 2012

“It is very much 'producer's opera' and it will annoy some people. I found it fascinating...Lively musical direction, incorporating Rene Jacobs's superfluous keyboard interjections. Don't miss this visually enchanting and thought-provoking treat.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Sung in English and abridged


Matthew Polenzani (Tamino), Nathan Gunn (Papageno), Ying Huang (Pamina), Erika Miklósa (Queen of the Night), René Pape (Sarastro), Greg Fedderly (Monostatos), David Pittsinger (Speaker), Jennifer Aylmer (Papagena), Wendy Bryn Harmer, Kate Lindsey, Tamara Mumford (Drei Damen)

The Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine

Directed by Julie Taymor

“The best performance comes from Nathan Gunn as Papageno, with his irrepressible energy and sense of comic timing...Matthew Polenzani and Ying Huang make a believably young pair of lovers. The production is a visual delight, with its bright colours, puppets and masks. It is, predictably, entirely politically correct. James Levine's conducting is well-judged, save for a funereal 'Tamino mein!' Give this to your children, then take them to the opera house.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


René Pape (Sarastro), Erika Miklósa (Königin der Nacht), Dorothea Röschmann (Pamina), Christoph Strehl (Tamino), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Papageno), Julia Kleiter (Papagena), Georg Zeppenfeld (Sprecher), Kurt Azesberger (Monostatos), Caroline Stein (Erste Dame), Heidi Zehnder (Zweite Dame), Anne-Carolyn Schlüter (Dritte Dame), Alexander Lischke (Drei Knaben), Frederic Jost, Niklas Mallmann (Soloists From Tölzer Knabenchor), Danilo Formaggia (Erster Geharnischter Mann), Sascha Borris (Zweiter Geharnischter Mann), Andreas Bauer (Erster Priester), Danilo Formaggia (Zweiter Priester), Tobias Beyer (Dritter Priester), Matthias Bernhold (Drei Sklaven), Martin Olbertz & Tobias Beyer

Mahler Chamber Orchestra & Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Claudio Abbado

“This is certainly the most desirable version using modern instruments to appear since Solti's second recording in 1990. That said, its characteristics are rather nearer William Christie's 1995 period-performance (reviewed above).
Abbado undertook the opera for the first time in performances in Italy in 2005, directed by his son (the production was seen at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival). On this occasion, he conducts a direct, keenly articulated, inspiriting account of the score, obviously aware of what has been achieved in recent times by the authenticists, yet when he reaches the work at its most Masonic – the Act 2 trio and the scene with the Armed Men, Tamino and Pamina – Abbado, directing his beloved Mahler Chamber Orchestra, gives the music its true and wondrous import. The playing throughout is alert and scrupulously articulated.
Casts varied between performances; here Abbado assembled one predominantly chosen from a youngish generation of German-speaking singers, each of whom approaches his or her role with fresh sound and interprets it in impeccably Mozartian style. The Tamino and Pamina are well nigh faultless. Tamino has been taken by many outstanding tenors on disc but Christoph Strehl sings with a Wunderlich-like strength and beauty, and rather more light and shade than his famous predecessor brought to the role. His is a wonderfully virile, vital reading that gives pleasure to the ear, as much in ensemble as in aria. He is partnered by Dorothea Röschmann, who has already appeared as Pamina at Covent Garden, and in many other houses. Her full-throated, positive singing, finely shaped, cleanly articulated, is a true match for Strehl's.
Hanno Müller-Brachmann is a properly lively and amusing Papageno, and delivers the role in a richer bass-baritone than many interpreters provide. He doesn't attempt a Viennese accent in the dialogue (a fairly full version), but brings plenty of simple humour to the part. The high and low roles are well catered for. The Hungarian coloratura Erika Miklósa has been making a speciality of Queen of Night over the past few years and shows just why in a technically secure and fiery account of her two arias. René Pape sings Sarastro: now at the peak of his career, he conveys all the role's gravity and dignity in a gloriously sung performance. Kurt Azesberger is a suitably nasty Monostatos.
Abbado allows a few neatly executed decorations.
The extensive dialogue, spoken in a manner suitable for the theatre, sometimes sounds over-emphatic in the home, with the Papagena as an old woman the worst culprit. The recording is reasonably well balanced. As a whole the performance conveys a welcome immediacy and spontaneity and the daring of Abbado's way with the score is very alluring.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“...a triumphant success. René Pape's magnificent Sarastro dominates the opera, just as intended...But most magical of all are the little vocal ensembles, wonderfully warm and refined...this is above all an affectionately relaxed performance, with Abbado continually revelling in the lyrical beauty of Mozart's wonderful score.” Penguin Guide, 2010 ****

“Abbado… conducts a direct, keenly articulated, inspiriting account of the score… The playing throughout is alert and scrupulously articulated. The Tamino and Pamina are well nigh faultless. …Christoph Strehl… sings with a Wunderlich-like strength and beauty... He is partnered by Dorothea Röschmann... Her full-throated, positive singing, finely shaped, cleanly articulated, is a true match for Strehl's. Hanno Müller-Brachmann is a properly lively and amusing Papageno... René Pape sings Sarastro: now at the peak of his career, he conveys all the role's gravity and dignity in a gloriously sung performance.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2006

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DG - 4775789

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