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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Rolando Villazón, Diana Damrau, Anna Prohaska, Thomas Quasthoff, Franz-Josef Selig, Paul Schweinester. Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

2 CDs. The third of DG's series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and initiated by Rolando Villazón. It was recorded live in the stunning venue of Festspielhaus Baden Baden and features a star cast full of critically-acclaimed artists - including Diana Damrau, the reigning Konstanze of our time - with an extraordinary strong showing of Deutsche Grammophon artists: Anna Prohaska, Rolando Villazón, Thomas Quasthoff and more.

The Guardian, 8th July 2015
There's a bouncy enthusiasm to NTzet-STguin's approach, with its wide, dynamic contrasts, but not a great deal of subtlety, though the COE is its usual cultivated and alert self...The sense of style that's missing in Villaz=n's singing is emphasised by the other tenor, Paul Schweinester as Pedrillo, and especially by Diana Damrau as Konstanze.

The Times, 10th July 2015
[Damrau] delivers the best Martern aller Arten I've heard for yonks: a delicious compendium of tangled emotions, gloriously matched by virtuosic instrumental playing...Singing with great sensuality and perhaps even flutier top notes, Anna Prohaska makes a spirited Blonde...[Villazon] sings Belmonte with bluff vigour and a fine, metallic ring to the voice.

Sunday Times, 12th July 2015
This is the most satisfactory instalment so far of DG's projected recordings of [Villazon] surmounts the difficulties, if not effortlessly, then with more than credit. Damrau makes light of Konstanze's bravura challenges, but her sound can turn steely and fierce...Anna Prohaska and Paul Schweinester are an attractive comic pair, Franz-Josef Selig is the best Osmin on disc since Kurt Moll...The set's success is guaranteed by NTzet-STguin's airy conducting of a full edition.

Financial Times, 17th July 2015
Interesting, but never exaggerated musicianship...Villaz=n is a fixture and features here as a vivid Belmonte of not quite the right vocal colours. Neither he nor Diana Damrau's sometimes shrill Konstanze is ideal, but the others...are keen personalities and all well cast.

Gramophone Magazine
Once again, NTzet-STguin shows how good he is in Mozart. His speeds are well judged, never too fast for the singers to articulate clearly. And he has the knack of bringing out detail without sounding fussy...In his first German role, Villaz=n sounds assured, both in speech and song...Blonde presents many challenges, and Prohaska meets them all.

The Telegraph, 4th August 2015
The casting is largely excellent. Diana Damrau makes an imperious Konstanze...Schweinester is as bright as a button as Pedrillo, leaving Rolando Villaz=n as the only significant drawback...what lifts the recording into the top league is undoubtedly the quality of Yannick NTzet-STguin's conducting. From the first bars of the playful overture, he captures all the score's bravado and energy.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
There is some passionate singing here, as well as sparkling instrumental detail...The cast is of a very high standard, though Villaz=n, despite being superbly lyrical, can lack a certain pliant tenderness...Damrau is at her very best in the defiant aria 'Marten aller Arten'...Also, we get some very effective singing from Anna Prohaska as Blonde who reaches her high E in 'Durch ZSrtlichkeit' with aplomb.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
The recording comes with a full libretto, a short essay, and timings. There is some music included that I've never before heard - a short march played before the chorus welcoming the Pasha in Act I. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (07/2014).


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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
  • Performer: Jory Vinikour (Fortepiano)
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Ensemble: Vocalensemble Rastatt
  • Notes: Composition written: 1782.
  • Running Time: 103 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1782