Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620 (The Magic Flute)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, January 1962


Richard Lewis (Tamino), Geraint Evans (Papageno), Joan Sutherland (Königin der Nacht), Hans Hotter (Sprecher), Joan Carlyle (Pamina), David Kelly (Sarastro), Robert Bowman (Monostatos), Jenifer Eddy (Papagena), Edgar Evans (1er Geharnischter), Victor Godfrey (2er Geharnischter), Judith Pierce (Erste Dame), Josephine Veasey (Zweite Dame), Monica Sinclair (Dritte Dame), Margaret Neville (Erster Knabe), Ann Hood (Zweiter Knabe), Marian Roberts (Dritter Knabe), John Dobson (Erster Priester), Ronald Lewis (Zweiter Priester)

Covent Garden, Otto Klemperer

This largely British cast – the one exception being Hans Hotter as the Speaker – was very much the resident company at Covent Garden in the early sixties and even Hotter was a regular guest there. The star of the evening was Geraint Evans as Papageno, whose interpretation of the role was already very familiar but who rose to new heights of excellence on this occasion. David Cairns, writing in The Spectator said of him: ‘Geraint Evans’s Papageno – inspired even for him – is an unending delight, radiating humanity, mercurial, dark-eyed, unpredictable, brilliantly funny, always drawing the attention without ever stealing the scene...’. In addition to Evans, the performer who received the most praise was Joan Carlyle, a member of the company since 1955, who was performing Pamina for the first time. David Cairns reported that her singing was ‘pure, sensitive and strong and that her acting repeatedly touched the heart by its sureness and sincerity.’ Indeed, in the years that followed she established herself as a major star of the company in a wide variety of roles. Hans Hotter also made a strong impact in the brief but important role of the Speaker of the Temple. Superbly sung, his was a performance of complete musical and dramatic accomplishment.

Harold Rosenthal felt that for an artist of his calibre to undertake such a small role spoke volumes for his integrity, and the fact that he treated it with as much care and dignity, as if he were singing Wotan, was an object lesson for every member of the local company. Of the other principals, Richard Lewis repeated his familiar and pleasingly well-sung Tamino and the two pairs of men: John Dobson and Ronald Lewis (Two Priests) and Edgar Evans and Victor Godfrey (Two Armed Men), all veterans of the resident company, contributed first class performances.

“Here we have the real theatrical experience. It's not perfect, of course. Klemperer's speeds, which are much as on the later recording, caused problems here and there...Carlyle never puts a foot wrong...Lewis sings a lovely ardent Portrait aria...Evans, in complete command of the audience, is funny and touching...I listened with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“there’s no denying that the 76-year-old Klemperer’s interpretation could sometimes do with a lighter spring in its step. But his leisurely approach and careful balancing allow details of texture, often obscured, to stand out. He gets committed performances, too, from the largely British cast.” Sunday Times, 26th April 2015

“this mono recording of the opening night, remastered from BBC tapes, shows how much higher vocal expectations must have been half a century ago, for by today’s standards much of it sounds very good indeed. Klemperer’s conducting is certainly rather staid and heavyweight...But there’s an honesty about the performance that’s totally convincing.” The Guardian, 23rd April 2015 ***

Testament - SBT21504

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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.

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.

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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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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Berliner Philharmoniker - BPH130012

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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


Anneliese Rothenberger (Pamina), Edda Moser (Königin der Nacht), Peter Schreier (Tamino), Walter Berry (Papageno), Kurt Moll (Sarastro), Theo Adam (Sprecher), Willi Brokmeier (Monostatos), Olivera Miljakovic (Papagena), Leonore Kirschstein, Ilse Gramatzki, Brigitte Fassbaender (Drei Damen), Walter Gampert, Peter Hinterreiter, Andreas Stein (Drei Knaben), Wilfried Badorek, Günter Wewel (Zwei Priesten/Zwei Geharnischten)

Chor & Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Wolfgang Sawallisch

From fairy tale to great opera: with Die Zauberflöte Mozart made the step from simple Singspiel to a full-blown German opera, thus laying the foundations for an independent opera culture in the German language. The 1973 Electrola recording combines a truly legendary vocal ensemble, featuring first and foremost Edda Moser, whom many people still regard as the best Queen of the Night of all time, Walter Berry as a Papageno oozing Viennese charm, and Anneliese Rothenberger as an enchantingly touching Pamina.

EMI Electrola Collection - 0882742

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

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Nicolai Gedda (Tamino), Gundula Janowitz (Pamina), Walter Berry (Papageno), Lucia Popp (Königin der Nacht), Gottlob Frick (Sarastro), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Marga Höffgen (Drei Damen), Ruth-Margret Pütz (Papagena), Gerhard Unger (Monostatos), Karl Liebl, Franz Crass (Zwei Geharnischten), Agnes Giebel, Anna Reynolds & Josephine Veasey (Drei Knaben)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Otto Klemperer

The brand new series celebrates EMI - The Home of Opera with Klemperer's legendary recording of Die Zauberflöte with Gundula Janowitz and Nicolai Gedda. Includes complete libretto and synopsis on a bonus CD ROM.

“The cast of Otto Klemperer's 1964 recording reads almost like a who's who of the opera world at the time...a Flute full of joy and wisdom, with characters who are both unearthly yet recognisably human.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012

EMI - The Opera Series - 9667932

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Kurt Moll (Sarastro), Peter Schreier (Tamino), Edda Moser (Königin der Nacht), Anneliese Rothenberger (Pamina), Walter Berry (Papageno), Olivera Miljakovic (Papagena), Theo Adam (Sprecher), Willi Brokmeier (Monostatos)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch

“A likeable performance including a spurious duet for Paragon and Tamino. Apart from that, the cast is excellent and Sawallisch's a sprightly conductor.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2007 ****

EMI Classics for Pleasure - 3932662

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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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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Staged by August Everding


(live recording of a 1983 performance)

“This charming production features Lucia Popp's still glorious Pamina and Moll's resonant Sarastro heading a first-rate cast. Brendel's Papageno lightens the recommendation.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2006 ****

“Sawallisch's 1983 Bavarian account of Die Zauberflöte is outstanding in every way and will be difficult to surpass...Sawallisch conducts with inspirationally relaxed timing and gives the performance a natural, spontaneous flow. Vivid recording completes a superb set.” Penguin Guide, 2010 ****

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