Dorothea Röschmann, Ericka Miklósa, Christoph Strehl, René Pape, Hanno Müller-Brachmann.
This 2006 recording of the famous opera in two acts 'Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)' by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) with libretto by German Emanuel Schikaneder (1751-1812) features the flamboyant Claudio Abbado conducting the Arnold Schonenberg Choir (Chorus Master: Erwin Ortner), Mahler Chamber Orchestra and soloists. Musical assistance is provided by Fausto Nardi.
For the "Mozart Forever 2006" celebration, here is Claudio Abbados's first-ever Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), featuring an extraordinary young cast and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Recorded on Modena in conjunction with a series of performances in Italy and Germany, it was acclaimed by the press: "Abbado's performance is, quite simply, mesmerising. It is so full of musical insight and operatic experience that every bar seems perfectly placed, every detail...perfectly illuminated" (The Guardian).
This CD of Abbado's first-ever 'Magic Flute' received international acclaim, with Opera saying, "..a triumphant success", Die Zeit saying, "The inspiration of this evening with Abbado will live on long after the Mozart Year has passed" and Die Welt saying, "How Claudio Abbado does it is his magic - and his secret."
René Pape is Sarastro, Ericka Miklósa is The Queen of Night, Dorothea Röschmann is Pamina (her daughter), Christoph Strehl is Tamino, Hanno Müller-Brachmann is Papgeno, Julia Kleiter is Papagena, Georg Zeppenfeld is the Speaker, Kurt Azesberger is Monostatos, Caroline Stein is the First Lady, Heidi Zehnder is the Second Lady and Anne-Carolyn Schlüter is the Third Lady. The Three Boys are Alexander Lischke, Frederic Jost and Niklas Mallmann (soloists from Tölzer Knabenchor (Tölz Boys' Choir)). The First Man in Armour and the Second Priest is Danilos Formaggia, the Second Man in Armour is Sascha Borris. The First Priest is Andreas Bauer with the Third Priest and one of the slaves Tobias Beyer. The other Two slaves are Matthias Bernhold and Martin Olbertz.
2 CDs, double CD case and booklet: Both CDs and booklet excellent, case acceptable.