Notes & Reviews:
Herbert von Karajan recorded in studio Die Zauberfloete twice: in 1950, published by Columbia (78 rpm) and a second in 1980 for Deutsche Grammophon. Unanimously, critics agree in recognizing the '50 version of the best outcome, even if it comes from an edition without the recitatives spoken and technically limited. This beautiful edition of 1962, taken with stereo technique by the Austrian ORF, adds a key to the discography page of the great conductor, caught here in his better years, far from the minimalism and the phonic turgidity of the last years. The team of singers is dominated by the presence of the foremost artists of the sixties in Vienna: Gedda, Kunz, Lipp, Frick, Waechter, each of which had deepened Mozart characters in dozens of shows. A real discovery in the history of Mozart's Operas recordings.