Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620 (The Magic Flute)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

1964 Recording


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, Philharmonia Chorus, Otto Klemperer

2 CD Hardback, cloth-bound book + dust jacket

Otto Klemperer brings his customary nobility of conception to Die Zauberflöte, with its symbolic drama, and is joined by an exceptional cast. Gundula Janowitz sings Pamina with sublime beauty and the young Lucia Popp is brilliant as the Queen of the Night, the role that first made her reputation.

Newly remastered from the original tapes

Full libretto: DE with translations in EN, FR

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Warner Classics Deluxe Opera Series - 2564699436

(CD - 2 discs)

Normally: $26.50

Special: $22.52

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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.

A Mozart Celebration - Up to 45% off

Warner Classics - The Home of Opera - 2564648323

(CD - 2 discs)

Normally: $12.50

Special: $10.00

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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

DVD 5 & DVD 9 / NTSC

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109190

(DVD Video)

$16.50

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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)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

FSK: 0

Region free

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109191

(Blu-ray)

$16.50

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live from The Ludwigsburger Schlosstheater, 1992


Ulrike Sonntag (Pamina), Deon Van Der Walt (Tamino), Thomas Mohr (Papageno), Patrizia Rozario (Papagena) & Cornelius Hauptmann (Sarastro)

Orchestra And Chorus Of The Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Wolfgang Gönnenwein (conductor) & Axel Manthey (stage director)

It was certainly remarkable that only a year after all the Mozart anniversary performances in 1991, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele decided on a Magic Flute production. The premiere of the production recorded here took place on 26 August 1992. This was no easy task for director Axel Manthey and conductor Wolfgang Gönnenwein. With clear, naïve images combined with a beautiful, dramatic play of colours, Manthey succeeds in teasing out the different aspects of this opera. The larger-than-life symbols (snake, lightning, tree) also help with this. The singers Deon van der Walt, Ulrike Sonntag, Thomas Mohr and Patrizia Rozario give a thrilling performance, which convinces musically as well as through their intensive acting.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), FR, GB, ES, JP

Running Time: 147 mins

FSK: 0

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Arthaus Musik - 102320

(DVD Video)

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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

Presto Disc of the Week

21st October 2013

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Berliner Philharmoniker - BPH130011

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

$22.25

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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 ****

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Berliner Philharmoniker - BPH130012

(Blu-ray)

$27.25

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

from Bregenz Festival, 17th July 2013


Alfred Reiter (Sarastro), Norman Reinhardt (Tamino), Ana Durlovski (Konigin der Nacht), Bernarda Bobro (Pamina), Daniel Schmutzhard (Papageno), Denise Beck (Papagena)

Prague Philharmonic Choir & Wiener Symphoniker, Patrick Summers

Staged by: David Pountney

Subtitles: E, G, F, Sp, Kor, Chin

Sound Format: DD 2.0, dts 5.1

Picture: 16:9, HD

Booklet: E, G

Total Running Time: 150 mins

NB that there are two substantial cuts in the score - the Act One finale is abridged and the Act Two trio for Sarastro, Tamino and Pamina is omitted.

“For visual effectiveness this new DVD and Blu-ray has no competition among a rich field of Magic Flutes...Musically, too, it is never less than good, and the Tamino of Norman Reinhardt and the Sarastro of Alfred Reiter are more than that...it is so ravishing to look at, any lover of the work should see this production, but should also own a complete version.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

C Major - 713804

(Blu-ray)

$33.00

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

$10.00

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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

DVD Video

Region: 0

Sony - 88697910139

(DVD Video)

$16.00

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