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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Review

by James Leonard

The age of miracles has not yet passed. After centuries of revolutions and wars and genocides, it is still possible for love and laughter to be prized and praised. And the proof is this recording of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Claudio Abbado directing the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, and a cast of mostly young and entirely dedicated singing actors. Certainly the greatest living conductor -- who else is equally excellent in Mozart, Mahler, and Ligeti? -- Abbado leads a performance at once wholly fresh and beautifully polished, a performance of wonderful wit and tremendous depth, a performance so full of heart and soul and spirit that it makes one joyous just to hear it. Name for name, except for incomparable René Pape as Sarastro, the cast might not be the greatest ever assembled, but the energy and enthusiasm more than compensates for the lack of star power. Just as impressive is the playing of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. It is technically as fine as the best orchestras, but its playing has more character and individuality than virtually any orchestra. Similarly, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir is as fine as the best choirs, but its singing is more committed and effervescent than nearly any longer established choir. Anyone who loves Die Zauberflöte should hear this performance, especially as preserved in DG's crisp, clear, and full sound.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
1 Claudio Abbado 06:05 Amazon
2 Claudio Abbado 06:08 Amazon
3 Claudio Abbado 04:30 Amazon
4 Claudio Abbado 01:28 Amazon
5 Claudio Abbado 03:42 Amazon
6 Claudio Abbado 01:01 Amazon
7 Claudio Abbado 04:25 Amazon
8 Claudio Abbado 05:46 Amazon
9 Claudio Abbado 01:15 Amazon
10 Claudio Abbado 01:48 Amazon
11 Claudio Abbado 02:28 Amazon
12 Claudio Abbado 02:59 Amazon
13 Claudio Abbado 09:00 Amazon
14 Claudio Abbado 02:43 Amazon
15 Claudio Abbado 03:54 Amazon
16 Claudio Abbado 07:15 Amazon
17 Claudio Abbado 02:23 Amazon
18 Claudio Abbado 03:26 Amazon
19 Claudio Abbado 02:32 Amazon
20 Claudio Abbado 03:29 Amazon
21 Claudio Abbado 01:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
1 Claudio Abbado 03:04 Amazon
2 Claudio Abbado 01:52 Amazon
3 Claudio Abbado 03:00 Amazon
4 Claudio Abbado 02:54 Amazon
5 Claudio Abbado 01:51 Amazon
6 Claudio Abbado 04:01 Amazon
7 Claudio Abbado 02:58 Amazon
8 Claudio Abbado 01:34 Amazon
9 Claudio Abbado 01:39 Amazon
10 Claudio Abbado 03:57 Amazon
11 Claudio Abbado 01:27 Amazon
12 Claudio Abbado 02:32 Amazon
13 Claudio Abbado 00:48 Amazon
14 Claudio Abbado 02:54 Amazon
15 Claudio Abbado 02:04 Amazon
16 Claudio Abbado 03:48 Amazon
17 Claudio Abbado 01:48 Amazon
18 Claudio Abbado 05:42 Amazon
19 Claudio Abbado 10:57 Amazon
20 Claudio Abbado 07:25 Amazon
21 Claudio Abbado 05:01 Amazon
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