Notes and Editorial Reviews
One of the giants of the historically informed performance world needs little introduction; nor indeed his sympathy to Mozart’s oeuvre as already demonstrated in recordings of the three da Ponte operas that have met with wide acclaim and many awards for their closely observed intimacy, their sense of fun and drama and their well-chosen casts, at one with Kuijken’s vision of these jewels of human and music drama.
His recording of Mozart’s magical last opera, however, has not received wide availability until now, in its appearance as part of Brilliant Classics’s comprehensive Opera Collection. The recording was made live at the Notre-Dame Church in Beaune, in France, in 2004. The cast is highly recognizable from many other fine
productions of Baroque and early music, including Suzie LeBlanc (Pamina); Cornelius Hauptmann (Tamino); Stephan Genz (Papageno) and Isolde Siebert (Queen of Night).
OTHER INFORMATION: • ‘The orchestral playing is light and neatly detailed, ver y rhythmic and alert, and with much well and thoughtfully placed detail: obviously these are players used to listening attentively to one another.’ Gramophone on Don Giovanni.
• The complete libretto is downloadable on www.brilliantoperacollection.com.
Works on This Recording
Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Isolde Siebert (Soprano),
Christoph Genz (Tenor),
Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano),
Stephan Genz (Baritone),
Marie Kuijken (Soprano),
Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass)
Tölz Boys Choir,
La Petite Bande,
La Petite Bande Chorus
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria
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