Mozart*, Vienna State Opera Chorus*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti ‎– Die Zauberflöte - The Magic Flute - La Flûte Enchantée

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Complete recording - recorded in Vienna, September/October 1969.

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The Magic Flute
Act 1, Part 1
Act 1 Continued
Act 1, Conclusion
Act 2, Part 1
Act 2, Continued
Act 2, Conclusion

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SET 479-81 Mozart*, Vienna State Opera Chorus*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti Mozart*, Vienna State Opera Chorus*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti - Die Zauberflöte - The Magic Flute - La Flûte Enchantée(3xLP + Box) Decca SET 479-81 UK 1970 Sell This Version
SET 479-81 Mozart*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti Mozart*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti - Die Zauberflöte = The Magic Flute = La Flûte Enchantée(3xLP + Box) Decca SET 479-81 UK & Europe 1970 Sell This Version
SET 479-81 Mozart*, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti Mozart*, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti - Die Zauberflöte(3xLP + Box) Decca SET 479-81 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
6.35189 GF Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti - Die Zauberflöte(3xLP + Box) Decca 6.35189 GF Germany 1970 Sell This Version
OSA-1397 Mozart* The Magic Flute(3xLP) London Records OSA-1397 UK 1970 Sell This Version
SET 479-81 Mozart*, Vienna State Opera Chorus*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti Mozart*, Vienna State Opera Chorus*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti - Die Zauberflöte - The Magic Flute - La Flûte Enchantée(3xLP + Box) Decca SET 479-81 UK 1973 Sell This Version
K2A 4 Mozart* - Pilar Lorengar, Cristina Deutekom, Stuart Burrows, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Martti Talvela, Vienna State Opera Chorus*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti Mozart* - Pilar Lorengar, Cristina Deutekom, Stuart Burrows, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Martti Talvela, Vienna State Opera Chorus*, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra*, Georg Solti - Die Zauberflöte = The Magic Flute = La Flûte Enchantée(3xCass, Album, Dol + Box) Decca K2A 4 UK 1975 Sell This Version
29 599-8 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Cristina DeutekomRenate HolmPilar LorengarStuart BurrowsDietrich Fischer-DieskauHermann PreyGerhard StolzeMartti TalvelaChor Der Wiener Staatsoper*Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Cristina DeutekomRenate HolmPilar LorengarStuart BurrowsDietrich Fischer-DieskauHermann PreyGerhard StolzeMartti TalvelaChor Der Wiener Staatsoper*Wiener Philharmoniker, Georg Solti - Die Zauberflöte(3xLP, Club, RE + Box) Decca 29 599-8 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
SET 479/81, 67 99 131/03 Mozart*, Pilar Lorengar, Cristina Deutekom, Stuart Burrows, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Martti Talvela, Coro De La Ópera Del Estado De Viena*, Orquesta Filarmónica De Viena*, Georg Solti Mozart*, Pilar Lorengar, Cristina Deutekom, Stuart Burrows, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Martti Talvela, Coro De La Ópera Del Estado De Viena*, Orquesta Filarmónica De Viena*, Georg Solti - La Flauta Mágica = Die Zauberflöte(3xLP, Album, RE + Box) Decca, Decca SET 479/81, 67 99 131/03 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
L69C 1216/8 Mozart* / Pilar Lorengar, Cristina Deutekom, Stuart Burrows, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Martti Talvela / Sir Georg Solti*, Vienna Philharmonic*, Vienna State Opera Chorus* Mozart* / Pilar Lorengar, Cristina Deutekom, Stuart Burrows, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Martti Talvela / Sir Georg Solti*, Vienna Philharmonic*, Vienna State Opera Chorus* - Die Zauberflöte(3xLP, Album + Box) London Records L69C 1216/8 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
414 568-2 Mozart* / Pilar LorengarCristina DeutekomStuart BurrowsDietrich Fischer-DieskauHermann PreyMartti Talvela / Vienna State Opera Chorus*Vienna Philharmonic*, Sir Georg Solti* Mozart* / Pilar LorengarCristina DeutekomStuart BurrowsDietrich Fischer-DieskauHermann PreyMartti Talvela / Vienna State Opera Chorus*Vienna Philharmonic*, Sir Georg Solti* - Die Zauberflöte = The Magic Flute = La Flûte Enchantée(3xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box, Sli) London Records 414 568-2 UK & Europe 1985 Sell This Version
414 568-2 Mozart* / Pilar LorengarCristina DeutekomStuart BurrowsDietrich Fischer-DieskauHermann PreyMartti Talvela / Vienna State Opera Chorus*Vienna Philharmonic*, Sir Georg Solti* Mozart* / Pilar LorengarCristina DeutekomStuart BurrowsDietrich Fischer-DieskauHermann PreyMartti Talvela / Vienna State Opera Chorus*Vienna Philharmonic*, Sir Georg Solti* - Die Zauberflöte(3xCD, Album, RE, RM + Box, Sli) Decca 414 568-2 UK & Europe 1985 Sell This Version
С10 21607 008 В. А. Моцарт* - Пилар Лоренгар*, Кристина Дойтеком*, Стюарт Бэрроуз*, Дитрих Фишер-Дискау*, Герман Прей*, Мартти Талвела*, Хор Венской Государственной Оперы*, Венский Филармонический Оркестр*, Георг Шолти* В. А. Моцарт* - Пилар Лоренгар*, Кристина Дойтеком*, Стюарт Бэрроуз*, Дитрих Фишер-Дискау*, Герман Прей*, Мартти Талвела*, Хор Венской Государственной Оперы*, Венский Филармонический Оркестр*, Георг Шолти* - Волшебная Флейта(3xLP + Box) Мелодия С10 21607 008 USSR 1985 Sell This Version
478 0394 Mozart* - Pilar LorengarCristina DeutekomStuart BurrowsDietrich Fischer-DieskauHermann PreyMartti Talvela, Vienna State Opera Chorus*Vienna Philharmonic*, Sir Georg Solti* Mozart* - Pilar LorengarCristina DeutekomStuart BurrowsDietrich Fischer-DieskauHermann PreyMartti Talvela, Vienna State Opera Chorus*Vienna Philharmonic*, Sir Georg Solti* - Die Zauberflöte(3xCD, Album, RE, RM) Decca Music Group Limited 478 0394 Europe 2008 Sell This Version

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DifferentDrummer

November 18, 2015
referencing Die Zauberflöte = The Magic Flute = La Flûte Enchantée, 3xLP + Box, SET 479-81

Lovers of the “Magic Flute” need look no further than this recording. Solti, whose reputation as a conductor largely rests on his ability to bring out the appropriate bombast in works by Mahler and Wagner, achieves the right balance of lightness and gravitas in Mozart’s final opera. Ably assisted by the Vienna Philharmonic and a cast of then largely unknown singers, Solti & Co. has created what I believe to be the definitive recording of this master work.

Of course, any rendition of the “Flute” is only as good as its Queen of the Night. Many an otherwise superb performance of this opera has been derailed by a coloratura soprano unable to navigate the minefield of the Queen’s two notoriously demanding arias. Cristina Deutekom more than rises to the challenge here, and in doing so has created a Queen for the ages. She is, for my money, THE definitive Queen of the Night (she’s at least every bit the equal of Edda Moser, one of whose renditions of this role was sent into outer space on Voyager I)

While the rest of this recording never quite reaches the transcendent heights of the two Deutekom arias, it’s nonetheless consistently excellent. This is largely on account of Solti, who understands that beneath the comic opera trappings of the “Flute” lie a depth and complexity that many lesser conductors either do not fully understand or are unable to draw out. Despite fairly workmanlike performances by Burrows and Lorengar in the romantic lead roles of Tamino and Pamina, the conductor manages to elicit more than a few moments of genuine beauty from them. And some of the performance in the smaller roles is truly first rate, most notably Talvela’s Sarastro and Fischer-Dieskau’s Speaker.

When it comes to this particular piece of music, I know whereof I speak. I am a bona fide “Flute” freak Since hearing this Solti recording for the first time in the early 1970’s, I have listened to (and seen live) literally scores of other performances of this opera in the hopes of finding a better rendition. More than forty years later, I’m still looking.