Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mozart - Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) - William Christie, Les Arts Florissants







This is a wonderful recording. William Christie brings to Mozart all the finesse and class he brought to the French repertoire. The musicians of Les Arts Emanuel Schikaneder, librettist of Die Zauberflöte, shown performing in the role of Papageno. The object on his back is a birdcageFlorissants make the most marvelous sounds, this is orchestral  playing of the highest order. All the singers are excellent, but it is the Tamino of Hans Peter Blochwitz that stands out, he is quite simply exquisite: his lyrical, liquid, gorgeous voice is a wonder. Rosa Mannion as Pamina is good, but not in the class of Blochwitz. Anton Scharinger repeats his dutiful Papageno (he and Blochwitz recorded the same roles for Harnoncourt on Teldec) and he is good, but more charm would had been welcome. Dessay as the Queen of the Night is accurate and needless to say, spectacular, but a more dangerous presence would have add drama to the recording. Still, this is a quite magical Flute, and I will come back to it often, and now must be considered one of the better ones on record. 


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