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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail [CD]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Sir Charles Mackerras , Scottish Chamber Chorus , Scottish Chamber Orchestra , Yelda Kodalli , et al. Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. Overture - Paul Groves - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Nr. 1 Aria: 'Hier Soll Ich Dich Denn Sehen' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
3. Nr. 1 Dialogue: 'Aber Wie Soll Ich In Den Palast Kommen?' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
4. Nr. 2 Song And Duet: 'Wer Ein Liebchen Hat Gefunden' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
5. Nr. 2 Dialogue: 'Konnt Ich Mir Noch So Einen Schurken' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
6. Nr. 3 Aria: 'Solche Hergelauf'ne Laffen' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
7. Nr. 3 Dialogue: 'Geh Nur, Verwunschter Aufpasser!' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
8. Nr. 4 Recitative And Aria: 'Konstanze! Dich Wiederzusehen!' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
9. Nr. 4 Dialogue: 'Geschwind, Geschwind Auf Die Seite Und Versteckt!' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
10. Nr. 5b Chorus: 'Singt Dem Grossen Bassa Lieder' - Paul Groves - Paul Groves
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Disc: 2
1. Nr. 11 Dialogue: 'Bst, Bst, Blondchen!' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2. Nr. 12 Aria: 'Welche Wonne, Welche Lust' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
3. Nr. 12 Dialogue: 'Ah, Dass Es Schon Vorbei Ware!' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
4. Nr. 13 Aria: 'Frisch Zum Kampfe!' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
5. Nr. 13 Dialogue: 'Ha! Geht's Hier So Lustig Zu?' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
6. Nr. 14 Duet: 'Vivat Bacchus!' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
7. Nr. 14 Dialogue: 'Wein - Wein - Ist Ein Schones Getrank!' - Dialogue: 'Ist Konstanze Noch Nicht Hier - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
8. Nr. 15 Aria: 'Wenn Der Freude Tranen Fliessen' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
9. Nr. 16 Quartet: 'Ach Belmonte! Ach Mein Leben!' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
10. Nr. 17 Aria: 'Ich Baue Ganz Auf Deine Starke' - Scottish Chamber Orchestra - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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Sir Charles Mackerras's approach to Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart's first true success, is somewhere right of William Christie's airy, original-instrument performance on Erato and left of some older-fashioned readings, such as Georg Solti's on Decca. Mackerras's band plays modern instruments, but the touch is very light and tempi are fleet. Furthermore, he pares the dialogue to a minimum and so the show goes by without any tedium. The singing is a mixed bag. Paul Groves makes a classy Belmonte, Désirée Rancatore's Blonde is as good as any, and Lynton Atkinson copes amazing well with Pedrillo's helden-lyrische-tenor music. Peter Rose's voice is far from the basso profundo that always pleases in the role of Osmin, but he has all the notes and all the attitude without ever resorting to vulgarity. Oliver Tobias speaks the Pasha's lines with dramatic thrust. The real problem comes with the otherwise unknown Turkish soprano Yelda Kodalli's Konstanze--it's tonally and dramatically undistinguished, trill-free, too light, and not always exactly in tune. The good news is that her singing is always spirited. --Robert Levine

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Mackerras 1 Nov 2008
By W. Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought, perhaps, I was too used to the Harnincourt version of Entfuhrung with its wonderful, brash and raucous take on the work to stray, but after spending an evening with this version, I might alternate between the two and do so gladly.

There's a wonderful time to be had here. The soloists are in great form and their knack for ensemble work is typically brilliant as it always seems to be under the baton of Charles Mackerras, who shines again. No, he gleams. Modern instruments, less script, lively tempi, ensemble finesse and sheer fun make this worth a listen. If there are flaws, they are too inconsequential to matter. (It is also well produced - super sound, very well balanced.)

I don't find myself chuckling or kicking up my heels as I do with the rousing, sharper-edged Harnincourt, but this is worth an evening- more than one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful documentary 28 Dec 2012
By H. Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
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Mozart had a fascination with Turkey as he composed several works related to this country, like his piano sonata known as "A La Turca", a violin concerto, etc. The Abduction from The Seraglio is a German Singspiel filled with Turkish themes and comic scenes especially by Osmin. The arias for Konstanze and Belmonte are just beautiful. Pedrillo and Blonde sing flawlesly and The Pasha is powerful but he never uses it to conquer Constanze, who is very much in love with Belmonte.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Seralgio 24 April 2003
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This CD is strong, high energy performance of Mozart's second truly great opera. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is precise and powerful. All of the vocal performances are thrilling and on the mark, particularly Paul Grove's Belmonte.
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