Simon Rattle conducts the “Magic Flute”


Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle

Pavol Breslik, Kate Royal, Dimitry Ivashchenko, Michael Nagy

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    The Magic Flute Concert Performance · Act 1 (01:10:33)

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto (3rd Lady), Annick Massis Sopran (1st Lady), Simon Halsey Chorus Master, José van Dam Bariton (Speaker), Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (2nd Lady), Jonathan Lemalu Bass Baritone (2nd Priest), N. N. (5.4.) Tenor (1st Priest), Pavol Breslik Tenor (Tamino), Kate Royal Soprano (Pamina), Benjamin Hulett (5.4.) Tenor (Tamino), Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass Baritone (Sarastro), Michael Nagy Baritone (Papageno), Ana Durlovski Soprano (The Queen of the Night), James Elliott Tenor (Monostatos), Regula Mühlemann Soprano (Papagena), David Jerusalem Bass Baritone (2nd Armoured Man), Andreas Schager Tenor (1st Armoured Man), Benjamin Hulett Tenor (1st Priest), Benjamin Hulett Tenor (1st Priest)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    The Magic Flute Concert Performance · Act 2 (01:35:30)

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    Sir Simon Rattle on Mozart’s “Magic Flute” (00:20:18)

Singspiel, magical extravaganza, popular theatre, mystery play, didactic theatre, parable – Mozart’s final stage work has been assigned to the widest range of theatrical forms. No surprise, given that the libretto from the hand of the composer’s actor friend and impresario Emanuel Schikaneder is a conglomeration of various sources: The tale Lulu oder die Zauberflöte from a collection of fairytale by Christian Martin Wieland, Paul Wranitzsky’s opera Oberon, the Egyptian novel Séthos by the French Abbé Jean Terrasson and many other works, they could all be seen as inspiration for Schikaneder’s libretto.

An opera entitled Kaspar der Fagottist oder Die Zauberzither, premiered three months before the Magic Flute in Vienna, even caused Schikaneder to make significant changes to the piece while he was writing it, as the similarities were too great. Mozart’s music has also long been subsumed among the numerous inconsistencies of the libretto – unjustly, as no other than Richard Wagner recognised: for what “did Mozart built on this strange adventurous basis! What divine magic wafts through this work, from the most popular songs to the most sublime of hymns! What versatility, what diversity! What simple yet elegant popularity in every melody, from the simplest to the most powerful!”

This performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of their chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and with an exquisite ensemble of international soloists will be a highlight of the 2012/2013 season, and not only for opera fans!

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EMISir Simon Rattle appears by kind permission of EMI Classics.


Magdalena Kožená appears by kind permission of Deutsche Grammophon.

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