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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"There basically is no other recording." – Alex Ross
Returning to Klemperer’s Zauberflote a long time away from it, I found the conductor’s measured way with the score as impressive as ever. Gedda is a forthright Tamino, Popp a nonpareil of a Queen of Night, Berry an enchanting Papageno, and the small parts are admirably taken...and once again I noted the uniform excellence of EMI’s sound during this golden period when Suvi Raj Grubb was taking over from Legge.
– Alan Blyth, Gramophone
Klemperer's 1964 EMI version includes the arias and ensembles only, omitting the dialogue. Klemperer's mesmerizing concentration compensates for the loss in dramatic immediacy. He patiently unravels Mozart's
scoring like a veteran storyteller who relishes every little detail of plot and subplot. The pacing is weighty at times, but never ponderous in the manner of Klemperer's later Mozart opera recordings.
There's not a weak link in the cast. The stratospheric reaches of the Queen of the Night's two arias hold no problems for Lucia Popp...Nicolai Gedda brings ardency, tenderness, and intelligence to Tamino, and Walter Berry's rounded, splendidly articulated Papageno is a joy. Gottlob Frick takes easy charge of Sarastro's low-lying tessitura (quite impressive for a 58-year-old singer), while the young Gundula Janowitz's fresh, radiant timbre is just right for Pamina. EMI's remastering enlivens the bloom and sparkle that characterizes this classic recording.
– Jed Distler, ClassicsToday
This is a 2-CD set with a bonus CD-ROM containing a libretto and synopsis.
Works on This Recording
Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Gerhard Unger (Tenor),
Franz Crass (Bass),
Gottlob Frick (Bass),
Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano),
Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano),
Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano),
Walter Berry (Bass Baritone),
Marga Höffgen (Alto),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Karl Liebl (Tenor),
Ruth Margaret Pütz (Soprano),
Agnes Giebel (Soprano),
Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
Anna Reynolds (Alto)
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1964
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A classic from the vinyl disk era. December 10, 2014
By W. Powers (Lisle, IL) See All My Reviews
"This one of several recordings that Klemperer with the Philharmonia Orchestra."
Magnificent! January 18, 2014
By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews
"Alex Ross states in the Arkivmusic official commentary 'There basically is no other recording.' Hyperbole perhaps, but not far from the truth. All you have to do is look at the cast of singers; if this isn't an all-star lineup of the highest order, then there is no such thing. Wonderfully sung, with the fabulous sound of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, and of course the magical touch of Otto Klemperer at the controls, this recording is everything the critics say about it. What more needs to be said? Mozart himself would have been blown away with the results here."