The Magic Flute

Die Zauberflöte




"You never quite know what to expect as you peel the cellophane off a new René Jacobs recording of a Mozart opera, except that his approach is likely to be distinctly different from any you might have heard before.

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"True to form, his new recording of The Magic Flute doesn't disappoint. As well as including virtually every word of the extensive dialogue that occurs between the musical numbers, much of which is usually cut on disc, his version incorporates an array of spectacular sound effects, noises off and even improvised lounge music to underpin some of the speech and bring the whole effect close to old-fashioned melodrama."--Andrew Clements,


Tamino: Daniel Behle, tenor
Pamina: Marlis Petersen, soprano
Papageno: Daniel Schmutzhard, baritone
Papagena: Sunhae Im, soprano
Königin der Nacht: Anna-Kristiina Kaappola, soprano
Sarastro: Marcos Fink, bass-baritone
Monostatos: Kurt Azesberger, tenor
Erste Dame: Inga Kalna, soprano
Zweite Dame: Anna Grevelius, mezzo-soprano
Dritte Dame: Isabelle Druet, mezzo-soprano
Sprecher: Konstantin Wolff, bass-baritone
2 Priester: Joachim Buhrmann, Konstantin Wolff
2 Geharnischte: Magnus Staveland, Konstantin Wolff
3 Knaben: Alois Mühlbacher, 1. Knabe
      Christoph Schlögl, 2. Knabe
      Philipp Pötzlberger, 3. Knabe
      (Sankt-Florian children)
3 Sklaven: René Möller, Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer, Christian Koch

René Jacobs (Conductor), RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin



"Jacobs' approach is undoubtedly refreshing and, as always, everything is executed with the utmost committment [sic], not to mention gloriously virtuosic playing from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. But there's a fundamental problem in what seems to be his desire to recreate such a sense of live theatre in a medium that encourages repetition. And it's an aim that fits ill with a three-cd set that, with its cardboard box and lavish booklet, seems to stake a claim to the status of authoritative, 'library' recording. I suspect that attempts to enliven swathes of dialogue will pale on repeated listening, while one's patience with improvisatory flourishes in the music and the micro-managing of tempos is likely to wear thin."--Hugo Shirley,, 3 stars




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