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Mozart At The Salzburg Festival - Die Zauberflote, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Clemenza Di Tito

Mozart / Gruberova / Battle / Berry / Levine
Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Tdk   Catalog #: 5  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edita GruberovaWalter BerryChristian BoeschPeter Schreier,   ... 
Conductor:  James LevineRiccardo MutiNikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Die Zauberflöte

Where many other directors/stage designers see operas merely as department store manikins to hang any concepts upon—the more inappropriate, the better, when it comes to gaining notoriety and further employment—Ponnelle achieved his often startling results simply by finding effective solutions to stage problems few people consider. How do you differentiate Monostatos from his much-abused people when Papageno uses his bells? What do the various Initiates of the Sun do while they’re awaiting their leader and the start of a meeting? These are the kinds of questions Ponnelle considered and answered in this Zauberflöte, and the results seem so natural in retrospect that it’s difficult to understand
Read more how matters could have been done in any other way... The acting is universally effective, and not surprisingly so; Ponnelle was known for working closely with casts on motivation, blocking, and ease of movement... [T]his is definitely a Die Zauberflöte to enjoy.

-- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE [reviewing the original release, TDK OPMFC]

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Così fan tutte

What a relief to see a production of an opera that is so resolutely old-fashioned in appearance, yet with performers totally engrossed in what they are doing. After Così fan tutte in a California diner or a kindergarten or any other aberration that today’s stage directors seem able to conjure, how refreshing to see attractive sets and costumes which in no way prevent the singers from giving of their best. The cast is mostly familiar from an EMI aural recording from 1982, one year prior to the current set; Agnes Baltsa and José van Dam have been replaced by Ann Murray and Sesto Bruscantini. Riccardo Muti is a Mozart conductor of the old school, no frills and furbelows, but his italianità makes the music glow. Margaret Marshall and Ann Murray offer sufficient contrast in their deportment, while the former easily takes in stride the difficulties with which Mozart strewed the role of Fiordiligi. Francisco Araiza and the pre-Wagnerian James Morris comprise an equally well-contrasted pair of lovers. Kathleen Battle’s traditional Despina should please everyone, while Bruscantini is a marvel of diction and economy as Don Alfonso. This traditional rendering may not please viewers who want to see everyone’s negative traits magnified, but if you yearn for the past, you will be satisfied.

-- Joel Kasow, FANFARE[reviewing the original release, TDK OPCFTSF]

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La Clemenza di Tito

Every name on the billing boasts the production’s outstanding credentials. Michael Schade as Tito, supported by Vesselina Kasarova, Dorothea Röschmann and Barbara Bonney all provide emotionally-driven performances with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting proceedings. Martin Kušej, who is acclaimed for his theatre productions and has been head of the Salzburg Festival’s drama department since 2005, directs the production, with Jens Killian’s stage design hinting at totalitarianism in the 20 th century with the emperor’s palace suggesting fascist-style interiors. The production was originally recorded live by Austrian Television, while this DVD benefits from the experienced direction of Brian Large. With his comprehensive understanding of the music, the filming draws close to the characters thus bringing the excellent acting to the attention of the viewer undisturbed. When appropriate, the camera zooms out giving a full view of the three-storey stage.

-- Naxos [referring to the original release, TDK OPCLETI]

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Sound Format: LPCM stereo
Running Time: 189 mins
Region Code: NTSC All
Booklet Languages: English, French, German
Subtitle Languages: English, French, German, Italian

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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Christian Boesch (Baritone),
Peter Schreier (Tenor), Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano), Martti Talvela (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  James Morris (Bass), Margaret Marshall (Soprano), Kathleen Battle (Soprano),
Francisco Araiza (Tenor), Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano), Sesto Bruscantini (Baritone)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
3.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano), Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano),
Michael Schade (Tenor), Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague 

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