Notes & Reviews:
The 1782 premiere in Vienna of Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail brought Mozart unprecedented public and professional success. This dazzling triumph did not come by chance. With music placing the accent on exoticism and a libretto celebrating the ideas of the Enlightenment, the opera ran counter to contemporary prejudices concerning the Ottoman Empire. In championing a German national opera, Mozart gave an important place to the spoken dialogue, often severely cut, but fully restored and brought to life here by Rene Jacobs and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, to underline the astounding modernity of the text.
The Guardian, 15th October 2015
Much of the performance has the energy and vivaciousness that is typical of Jacobs' best work as a conductor ... There are outstanding performances from Maxmilian Schmitt as a heroic-sounding Belmonte, Dimitry Ivashchenko as an imposing Osmin, nicely balanced between threat and humour, and Julian PrTgardien as an exuberant Pedrillo...The whole set does sound like real music theatre.
Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
Performances of great conviction from a fine cast of singer-actors ... Johannsen... is a superb Konstanze, with impeccably expressive coloratura and a beautifully silvery tone ... Eriksmoen blazes away at her top Es, while PrTgardien is suave, level-headed and strikingly heroic...Jacobs probes and redefines the emotional interplay between the characters in ways that are constantly fresh and insightful.
MusicWeb International, November 2015
Jacobs has put so much thought into realising the opera for a home audio audience ... central to his success is the way he brings the dialogue - almost all of it - to pulsing dramatic life...The singing is mostly very good. Maximilian Schmitt brings his usual golden tone to Belmonte...it's two thumbs up for this release.
Opera Now, December 2015
[There is a] real liveliness to the performance, aided by a youthful cast and Jacob's pacey conducting, which draws full spice from the orientalism of the score ... a set well worth investigating ... it boasts a committed and homogenous cast, a sense of happy music-making and an abundance of charm.
BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
Here's another Mozart Singspiel recreated as an audio-drama, with both RenT Jacobs's intensely musical direction, orchestral playing tingling with character and detail...Dimitry Ivashchenko's Osmin is a true basso profundo, always droll but never overdone. Julian Pregardien's Pedrillo is delightfully whimsical, and delectably phrased...in Mari Eriksmoen he has a bright eyed and feisty Blonde, spinning the finest lines of embellishment and ornamentation...a classic Jacobs take on Mozartian Singspiel, imaginative and user-friendly throughout.
American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Jacob's recording of this delightful Mozart confection could rightly be said "to make a joyful noise". The overture is raucous, dashing madly about, beautifully contrasted with the acidic period strings that accompany Belmonte's 'Hier soll ich dich denn sehen', so delicately intoned by Schmitt. Then surprise! The basso buffo Osmin (Ivashchenko) doesn't rumble on like an out of control juggernaut; rather he quite elegantly glides on singing his little ditty 'Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunded' with all the sensitivity of a lieder singer. Beautiful singing with a minimum of vocal buffo antics is the name of the game here. Even their spoken dialog fits in with the concept. Here it comes across as an outstanding radio broadcast interpretation. Almost magical accompaniments from the orchestra with precision, slashing chords, clarity of articulation, and the sweeping excitement of a summer breeze. And so it continues with Schmitt's virile Belmonte skipping gracefully.
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
- Conductor: René Jacobs
- Ensemble: RIAS Kammerchor
- Notes: Composition written: 1782.
- Running Time: 61 min. 34 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1782