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Mozart: Entführung Aus Dem Serail / Fricsay, Stader, Et Al


Release Date: 04/14/1998 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 457730   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ernst HaefligerRita StreichWalter FranckMartin Vantin,   ... 
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mozart’s oriental Singspiel has done well on disc. Among recent recordings, John Eliot Gardiner’s period-instrument version on DG offers lively tempi and perhaps the lushest Konstanze (Luba Orgonasova), while Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s earlier, even harder-driven modern-instrument (but period-inflected) performance on Teldec, with Peter Schreier a limpid Belmonte, includes some really primitive percussion in the Turkish music. Jochum’s 1965 Bavarian State Opera recording dates from cosier times: plus points are the lyrically elegant, if somewhat disengaged, Belmonte of Fritz Wunderlich (caught at his peak less than a year before his fatal fall) and cavernous comic basso of Kurt Böhme; a big minus is Erika Köth’s ‘petite’ Konstanze, Read more her coloratura brittle, bell-like and utterly soulless.

Fricsay’s Berlin-based account of 1954 is made of altogether tougher stuff, pre-empting the authenticists in its sinewy, pared-down textures and sharper-edged, more dramatic solo singing. Ernst Haefliger is a properly plangent Belmonte, Josef Greindl a dark and dangerous Osmin, Maria Stader a warmer, more womanly captive (no Dresden china doll), her coloratura less effortless but far more expressive. The set is mono, but comes with full text and Mozart’s Exsultate as a bonus.

-- Mark Pappenheim, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ernst Haefliger (Tenor), Rita Streich (Soprano), Walter Franck (Spoken Vocals),
Martin Vantin (Tenor), Josef Greindl (Bass), Maria Stader (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Language: German 
2.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria Stader (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Language: Latin 

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