Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620

    Description by Rovi Staff

    Despite its whimsical libretto and obviously emblematic characters, Mozart's singspiel The Magic Flute is regarded as one of the greatest operas of the entire repertoire. In fact, as music historian Philip Downs has noted, many hold that The Magic Flute is among the greatest human documents, worthy to stand beside Bach's St. Matthew's Passion. In this story about good and evil, Sarastro, the high priest of an enlightened brotherhood, abducts Pamina, whose mother is the evil Queen of the NIght. The Queen sends Prince Tamino to save Pamina. Tamino not only falls in love with Pamina, but also accepts Sarastro as the incarnation of truth and goodness. Tamino's counterpart is Papageno, the Queen's bird catcher, whose earthiness counterbalances Tamino's idealism. Predictably, love and goodness triumph, Sarastro overcomes the Queen of the Night, Tamino and Pamina are united after many trials, and Papageno finds Papagena, a female version of himself. The possible sources of Emanuel Schikaneder's libretto include Jakob August Libeskind's story "Lulu or the Magic Flute," published in Wieland's Dschinnistan, a collection of fairy tales.

    The Magic Flute was written in 1791, the year of Mozart's death. Although overwhelmed by many adversities, Mozart found great joy in working on an opera for Schikaneder's Theater auf der Wieden, in the suburbs of Vienna, which catered to unsophisticated audiences. The Magic Flute has been called a Masonic opera: both librettist and composer were Masons, and the opera abounds with Masonic symbolism, culminating in the triumph over light over darkness. Although the Masonic flavor of The Magic Flute is undeniable, what makes it a great work of art is Mozart's unique ability to translate his humanistic ideals into music of extraordinary beauty and evocativeness. The fundamental theme of this opera is love, a theme to which Mozart fully dedicates his entire genius. To the listener, Mozart's ode to love brings eighteenth century opera in its full splendor. Not only is the music, which includes sparkling arias, charming buffo scenes, and ensembles of transcendent beauty, enchanting and invigorating, but it also effectively coalesces with the story to create a powerful, convincing work of art.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Overture. Adagio - Allegro
    2. Zu Hilfe! zu Hilfe! sonst bin ich verloren! (Introduction)
    3. Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
    4. Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
    5. O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn... Zum Leiden bin ich auserkoren
    6. Hm! hm! hm! hm! hm! hm! hm! hm! hm! hm! hm! hm! hm!
    7. Du feines Täubchen, nur herein!
    8. Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fühlen
    9. Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahm (Finale)
    10. March. Adagio
    11. O Isis und Osiris
    12. Bewahret euch vor Weibertücke: dies ist des Bundes erste Pflicht
    13. Wie? wie? wie? Ihr an diesem Schrekkenort?
    14. Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden
    15. Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
    16. In diesen heil'gen Hallen
    17. Seid uns zum zweiten Mal willkommen
    18. Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden, ewig hin der Liebe Glück
    19. O Isis und Osiris, welche Wonne!
    20. Soll ich dich, Teurer, nicht mehr sehn? Ihr werdet froh euch wiedersehn!
    21. Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen wünscht Papageno sich
    22. Bald prangt, den Morgen zu verkünden (Finale)

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4796438
    2016 ZYX Classics CLB 10272
    2016 Warner Classics 555530
    2016 Metropolitan Opera 811357018286
    2016 Metropolitan Opera 811357018224
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon B002346910
    2015 Paladino Music PMR 0050
    2015 Testament SBT 21504
    2015 Harmonia Mundi HMX 2908716
    2015 Walhall WLCD 0323
    2012 Broken Audio BRAU 0291
    2012 Broken Audio BRAUR 0291
    2012 Decca
    2012 Urania / Urania Records WS 121154
    2012 Sony Classical 88697963422
    2012 Eurodisc 88725460332
    2011 Fab Four / Membran 233332
    2011 Archiv Produktion / DG Archiv
    2011 Decca
    2011 Erato 256467742-6
    2011 Documents / Membran 232814
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94239
    2011 Decca
    2010 Spectrum Music SPECXX 2048
    2010 ZYX / ZYX Music CLA 101082
    2010 Harmonia Mundi 902068.70
    2010 Teldec
    2009 Leni's / Zebralution
    2009 RCA Red Seal 7527702
    2009 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099996679
    2009 Decca
    2009 Decca 4781600
    2009 Documents / Documents Classics / Meisterwerke/Membran 223249
    2009 Urania 22397
    2008 Le Monde de l'Opera DIJ4750758
    2008 EMI Music Distribution 5670712
    2008 Telarc Distribution 80727
    2008 EMI Music Distribution 5673882
    2008 DG Deutsche Grammophon 00440 073 43
    2008 Sony BMG / Sony Classical 8869736548
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2008 AV1 Productions 553019
    2007 BRV 9806
    2007 Golden Melodram 50060
    2007 TDK DVWW-OPMFP
    2007 ORF DVWW-OPMFC
    2007 EMI Classics 87894
    2007 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0946393266
    2007 Kultur 1212
    2006 Caprice Records 22059
    2006 Philips
    2006 Golden Melodram 60017
    2006 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0946336769
    2006 RCA 687760
    2006 Decca 455859
    2006 Capriccio Records 6715758
    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000642802
    2006 EMI Music Distribution 58607
    2005 Warner Classics 4623312
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 47951
    2005 Orfeo 650053
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 65356
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 Amati 2301/3
    2005 Urania 273
    2005 Chandos 3121
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Camerata Records 28022
    2004 Gala Records 743
    2004 Virgin 562267
    2004 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000340302
    2004 Prism Leisure 1227
    2003 Golden Melodram 50044
    2003 Document 220835
    2003 Pearl 197
    2003 Urania 237
    2003 Brilliant 99726
    2003 Opera D'Oro 1387
    2002 Decca 470 860-2DC10
    2001 Arkadia 2034
    2001 Melodram GM50027
    2001 Naxos 110127-28
    2000 Gala Records 100502
    2000 Myto Records 4229
    2000 Angel Records 67385B
    2000 Myto Records 81010
    2000 Philips 464 930-2PB11
    1999 Arkadia 78060
    1999 Urania 129
    1999 Virgin 61384
    1999 Angel Records 67165
    1999 Nimbus 7827
    1999 London 414568
    1999 Pearl 9371
    1999 K 617 7097
    1999 EMI/Black Dog 12282
    1999 Opera D'Oro 1222
    1998 London 448734
    1997 Essential Archive 5011
    1997 Orfeo 455972
    1997 Arkadia 78027
    1997 DG Deutsche Grammophon 449 749-2GOR2
    1996 DG Archiv 449166
    1996 Erato 12705
    1996 Disques Pierre Verany 730055
    1995 EMI Music Distribution 55173
    1994 L'Oiseau-Lyre 440 085-2OHO2
    1994 Philips 442568
    1994 Philips
    1994 Naxos 660030
    1994 Myto Records 89007
    1992 DG Deutsche Grammophon 435 741-2GDO2
    1991 Philips 422543
    1991 Telarc Distribution 80302
    1991 London 433 210-2DH2
    1990 Philips 426276
    1990 Teldec 42716
    1989 RCA 4586
    1987 EMI 47951
    1984 DG Deutsche Grammophon 410 967-2GH3
    Grammofono 2000 7801725
    Arlecchino 7880
    Aurophon Records 31461
    Verona Records 28010@13
    Brilliant 92633
    Music & Arts 882
    EMI Music Distribution 69631
    Myto Historical Line 2CD 00278
    Grammofono 2000 78528
    Arkadia 233
    Decca 470056
    Philips 411459
    EMI Music Distribution 54287
    Forties 321.22
    Arkadia 361
    Brilliant 99726/1-2
    Italian Opera Rarities 773435
    Masters of Music 3004
    Melodram 37040
    Foyer Records 2003
    Italian Opera Rarities 7734
    Arlecchino 78