Georg Solti / Wiener Philharmoniker

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [1990 Recording]

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Eddins

The cast of Georg Solti's 1990 recording of Die Zauberflöte is not packed with stars, but the soloists are consistently excellent, so the lack of international fame of most of the singers shouldn't scare listeners off. One standout performance comes from Kurt Moll, a hugely impressive, grave but sympathetic Sarastro, and his resonant voice is ideally situated for the part. Sumi Jo as the Queen of the Night has a large, sumptuous voice that is capable of frightening power as well as the necessary coloratura pyrotechnics, which she tosses off with abandon. Uwe Heilmann as Tamino and Ruth Ziesak as Pamina make a sweet-voiced, ardent, and appealing couple. Michael Kraus has a voice that's heavier than is usual for Papageno, but he deploys it playfully and with lots of character, and he is well matched by Lotte Leitner's Papagena. Heinz Zednik makes an especially vivid and menacing Monostatos. The Three Boys are exceptionally strong, singing with a musicality beyond their years. (Max Cencic, the First Boy, went on to an illustrious career as a counter tenor in the early 21st century.) The dialogue is handled gracefully and expeditiously. There is plenty of vocal humor in the singing and the dialogue, but Solti's conducting tends toward the deliberate and earnest side, even when his tempos are quick, so the music rarely soars into the realm of the magical. The Vienna Philharmonic delivers a polished, responsive performance. As is typical of Decca's studio recordings, the engineers are generous in providing appropriate sound effects. Budget-conscious listeners should be pleased that the performance fits on two discs.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
1 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 06:31 Amazon
2 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 06:37 Amazon
3 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 07:06 Amazon
4 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti Amazon
5 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 04:45 Amazon
6 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 06:27 Amazon
7 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 05:06 Amazon
8 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 02:50 Amazon
9 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 01:42 Amazon
10 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 01:56 Amazon
11 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 06:03 Amazon
12 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 02:58 Amazon
13 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 03:01 Amazon
14 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 01:39 Amazon
15 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 06:21 Amazon
16 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 06:03 Amazon
17 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 03:12 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
1 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 03:13 Amazon
2 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 01:07 Amazon
3 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 04:48 Amazon
4 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 02:16 Amazon
5 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 04:09 Amazon
6 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 06:43 Amazon
7 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 02:59 Amazon
8 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 05:42 Amazon
9 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 03:35 Amazon
10 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 05:01 Amazon
11 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 05:40 Amazon
12 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 01:47 Amazon
13 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 04:06 Amazon
14 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 04:35 Amazon
15 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 03:11 Amazon
16 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 03:17 Amazon
17 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 04:45 Amazon
18 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 02:18 Amazon
19 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 02:05 Amazon
20 Wiener Philharmoniker / Georg Solti 02:56 Amazon
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