Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Alfred Jerger, Walter Berry, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Genres: World Music, Classical
Mozart Magic from 1959 Salzburg conjured by Szell
email@example.com David Cavlovic | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 02/11/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"GALA's reputation for issuing interesting and well-restored historic performances is well known to collectors of this label. This rendition of Zauberflöte is one of the best opera transfers I've heard on any label. A witty, lyrical production, Szell shows a complete mastery of the score (and an understanding of Mozart that is often overlooked by fans of this great Hungarian-American conductor). A stellar cast, including Lisa Della Casa as Pamina, Leopold Simoneau as Tamino and Walter Berry as--who else--Pagageno, is a wonderful Austrian dessert topped with the finest cream in the form of Erika Köth as the Queen of the Night. Lucia Popp is legendary for her interpretation (and recording with Klemperer for EMI) of the role, but listen to what Köth accomplishes in a live performance! Note and pitch and resonance perfect! Almost unbelievable. The only weakness is that of Kurt Böhme as Sarastro. A little past his prime, some of the low notes are just not there, though on stage his presence would have overshadowed such a shortcoming. This is a live boradcast performance, remember, not originally meant for CD release. Thankfully, it IS on CD."
Very engaging performance
Mr. DAVID Geer | Sydney Australia | 10/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
This is a great perfromance so good you forget the apallingly boxy sound almost immediately the first singers appear. Far better than most performances and about equal to the Lear, Diskeau, Wunderlich on DG. Good no nonsense queen of the night as well. Buy this and the DG set and you will have the best of both Worlds/"