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Opera in English - Mozart: The Magic Flute / Mackerras

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> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: My brothers who serve the great gods (Sarastro, First Priest, Second Priest)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: O Isis and Osiris, arm them with strength (Sarastro, Priests)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Dialogue: Where do you think we are? (Tamino, Papageno, First Priest, Second Priest)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: A woman's beauty is beguiling (Second Priest, Speaker, Papageno)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Why, why, why are you in this place of fear? (Three Ladies, Papageno, Tamino, First Priest, Second Priest)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Dialogue: There she is, the blushing violet - All the world is always lusting (Monostatos, Queen of the Night, Pamina)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: The wrath of hell is burning in my bosom (Queen of the Night, Pamina, Monostatos, Sarastro)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: We worship at the altar (Sarastro)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Dialogue: Here we must leave you (First Priest, Second Priest, Papageno, Tamino, Old Woman)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Now for the second time we greet you (Three Boys, Papageno, Pamina)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Now I know that love can vanish (Pamina, Papageno)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: O Isis and Osiris, gods all-knowing (Chorus of Priests, Sarastro, Pamina, Tamino)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Will I not see my love again? (Pamina, Sarastro, Tamino)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Dialogue: Tamino! Tamino …Tamino … (Papageno, Second Priest)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: If only I could meet her (Papageno, Old Woman, Second Priest, Papagena)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Behold, the harbinger of morning (Three Boys)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Are you the man I love the best (Pamina, Three Boys)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: The man who dares to tread this path (Two Armed Men, Tamino, Pamina)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Pamina? I hear her calling (Tamino, Two Armed Men)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Tamino, mine, welcome at last (Pamina, Tamino, Two Armed Men)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: The fiery furnace could not harm us (Pamina, Tamino, Attendants, Priests)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Papagena! Papagena! Papagena! (Papageno, Three Boys)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Play your magic music (Papageno, Three Boys)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: Pa-pa-ge-na! - Pa-pa-ge-no! (Papageno, Papagena)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: We must be very, very quiet! (Monostatos, Queen of the Night, Three Ladies)
> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (Sung in English) - Act II: The banner of sunlight (Sarastro, Chorus)

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Sir Charles Mackerras has spent many years researching performance practice of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is a noted authority on Mozart's operas, having studied many contemporaneous manuscripts and his Mozart recordings are highly regarded. "The lovely, warm soprano of Rebecca Evans shines as Susanna... she captures the right feeling of sensuality of a woman awaiting her lover on her wedding night..." - Classic FM Magazine 'Disc of the Month'

BBC Music Magazine
Of all repertoire operas, none gains more than The Magic Flute from performance in the language of the audience. Musically, the performance is hard to fault. Articulation is light and buoyant, tempos mobile yet never driven or inflexible, textures sharp and transparent. Rebecca Evans, a richer-toned Pamina than usual, movingly portrays her development from ingénue to woman 'worthy to attain the light'. ...Simon Keenlyside is a marvellous Papageno, innocent, vulnerable and funny without clownishness. Barry Banks... sings a positive, un-wimpish Tamino. With his rugged, rolling bass John Tomlinson creates a formidably imposing yet humane Sarastro, while Elizabeth Vidal atones for some cloudy diction with fiery, bang in-tune performances of the Queen of the Night's arias. ...this new performance, beautifully recorded, with a modicum of well-judged sound effects, catches the work's fairytale wonder, solemnity and fun as fully and delightfully as any, irrespective of language.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
No work makes better sense in the vernacular than Mozart's concluding masterpiece. The composer and, assuredly, Schikaneder would have approved of giving the work in the language of the listeners, and when you have to hand such a witty, well-worded translation as that of Jeremy Sams, it makes even better sense. Sir Charles Mackerras has always been an advocate of opera in English when the circumstances are right.

As ever, he proves himself a loving and perceptive Mozartian. Throughout he wonderfully contrasts the warmth and sensuousness of the music for the good characters with the fire and fury of the baddies, and he persuades the LPO to play with a lightness and promptness that's wholly enchanting, quite the equal of most bands on the other available versions.

In no way is his interpretation here inferior to his German one on Telarc; indeed, in the central roles of Tamino and Pamina the casting for Chandos is an improvement, and Keenlyside is fully the equal of Thomas Allen on the Telarc set. Keenlyside's loveable, slightly sad, very human and perfectly sung Papageno is at the centre of things. Rebecca Evans's voice has taken on a new richness without losing any of its focus or delicacy of utterance. Everything she does has sincerity and poise, although her diction might, with advantage, be clearer.

The recording is fine apart from an over-use of thunder and lightning as sound effects. Anyone wanting the work in English needn't hesitate to acquire this set, the first-ever on CD.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
  • Performers: Victoria Jones (Voice); Debbie Tyfield (Voice); Gareth Hancock (Glockenspiel); John Graham-Hall (Tenor); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Barry Banks (Tenor); Celia Chambers (Flute); Elizabeth Vidal; Majella Cullagh (Soprano); Christopher Purves (Bass); John Tomlinson (Bass); Nazan Fikret (Voice); Sarah Vocal] (Soprano); Peter Bronder (Tenor); Rebecca Evans (Soprano); Lesley Garrett; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
  • Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, England (11/04/2004-11/10/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791