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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Gönnenwein, Sonntag, Frei, Et Al

Mozart / Vanderwalt / Sonntag / Frei / Manthey
Release Date: 07/17/2001 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 100189  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia RozarioAndrea FreiCornelius HauptmannDeon Van der Walt,   ... 
Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was certainly remarkable that only a year after all the Mozart anniversary performances (1991), the Ludwigsburg Castle festival 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 combining in a beautiful, dramatic play of colors, Manthey succeeds in teasing out the different aspects of this opera. The larger-than-life symbols (snake, lightning, tree) also help with this.

“This is visually enchanting, yet at the same time avoids overlooking the characters’ frailties; there are really moving moments, and sometimes one holds one’s breath in
Read more wonder... That particular Magic Flute note of marvel and surprise is rarely sounded so clearly as here in Ludwigsburg... The conductor Wolfgang Gönnenwein creates real suspense and excitement with music of effervescence and vitality. Avoiding all obsequiousness as well as sentimentality, leaving enough time for Mozart’s heart-tones to calmly unfold and resonate, Gönnenwein gives this Magic Flute an inner tempo, which leaves no place for portentousness.” -- Horst Koegler in Opernwelt (“Opera world”)

Deon van der Walt, Ulrike Sonntag, Cornelius Hauptmann, Andrea Frei, Thomas Mohr, Patricia Rozario

Orchestra, Chorus:
Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele

Conductor: Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Stage Director: Axel Manthey
Recording Date: 1992
Recording Place: From the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen
Running Time: 147 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0
Release Date: 2001
Menu languages: English, French, Spanish, Japanese
Subtitle languages: German, English, French, Spanish, Japanese
Sel. No. NTSC: 100 189
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Works on This Recording

Die Zauberflöte, K 620 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Patricia Rozario (Soprano), Andrea Frei (Soprano), Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass),
Deon Van der Walt (Tenor), Ulrike Sonntag (Soprano), Thomas Mohr (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 

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