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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Otto Klemperer, Et Al

Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 66793   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gerhard UngerFranz CrassGottlob FrickChrista Ludwig,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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
Read more 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.
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Works on This Recording

Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  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)
Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 

Customer Reviews

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." Report Abuse
 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." Report Abuse
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