Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (In Italian) - Schwarzkopf, Gedda, Taddei, Streich, Petri; Karajan. Roma, 1953

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Pros:

  • Herbert von Karajan and the forces of Rai di Roma assemble a strong cast that does a good job imparting an Italian flavor while still honoring the work's roots in German Singspiel.
  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Nicolai Gedda are well-paired together, demonstrating why they both were among the best Mozart singers of their generation. They both deliver purity of tone, exquisite vocal control and warmth of expression.
  • Giuseppe Taddei brings impeccable comic timing to the role of Papageno and also finds moments to melt the heart with his luscious baritone.
  • Rita Streich does an impressive job with the Queen's arias, although I found myself wanting a little more gravitas from her.

Cons:

  • None to mention.

In Mono

OD 12051-2

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