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Mozart: The Magic Flute / Levine/Vienna PO, Cotrubas, Gruberova [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This production of Mozart's Magic Flute received enormous and unanimous approval when it was premiered in Salzburg. Receiving critical acclaim from international press, this production features the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and is conducted by James Levine.

MusicWeb International
Ponnelle's creative use of the stage space and arcades is remarkable. The cast [are]... all outstanding interpreters and totally at ease with the vocal demands of the music. Altogether we have a stunning success on the cards. Then add a conductor and orchestra in whose blood the music ran and a memorable performance was to be expected and was realized.

Penguin Guide
From the start, with James Levine at his most brilliant and perceptive as conductor, it struck an ideal medium between the pantomime element and the weightier implications of the Masonic background...it makes ideal entertainment on film.

BBC Music Magazine
Delivered with energy and great expertise.

Ponnelle's flair for comedy is represented by Christian Boesch, who steals the show as Papageno. He sings well and acts superbly. Peter Schreier has the kind of lyric tenor that is suitable for the role of Tamino; Ileana Cotrubas is an acceptable Pamina. I have never been particularly fond of Edita Gruberova. As Brenesal notes, she is better in her first-act aria, but in "Der H÷lle Rache" she exhibits a wide vibrato. Martti Talvela is an excellent Sarastro. The voice of Horst Hiestermann, the Monostatos, wobbles and is frequently off pitch. Walter Berry is a fine Speaker.

James Levine collaborates well with the soloists, and his tempos are fine. The sound is excellent and subtitles in English are available. Although I would not rate this Salzburg performance at the top of the list, I agree with Barry Brenesal, who said, "This is definitely a Die Zauberfl÷te to enjoy."

MusicWeb International
This 1982 production from the Salzburg Festival is outstanding in respect of singing, production and orchestral playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 189 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
  • Performers: Peter Schreier (Tenor); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Edda Moser (Soprano); Edita Gruberova (Soprano); Ileana Cotrubas (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791