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Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail

29 May 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 May 2006
  • Release Date: 29 May 2006
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 1999 Erato Disques S.A.
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  • Total Length: 2:06:24
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  • ASIN: B001F2QLU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,598 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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Amazon.com: 11 reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Another wonderful recording from Les Arts Florissants!!! 8 Jun 1999
By gks5q@virginia.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was eagerly awaiting this recording. I was pretty much ready to pay an arm and a leg for it, so I almost ordered it from overseas because I was getting tired of waiting for it to be released in the U.S. Somehow I managed to wait, and my patience was rewarded by this cheap price from Amazon ($23 is not bad!). I am not a Mozart fan per se; I'm a Christie fan. If not for Christie, I probably wouldn't be in a such a hurry to get acquainted with Die Entfuhrung. It is the authenticity and elegance of Christie's direction that attracted me to this recording, and I knew I could count on the highest quality. I wasn't disappointed. In fact I'll be surprised if this recording doesn't win some major prizes this year. Les Arts Florissants orchestra delights with crisp and virtuosic playing (especially the violins). The cast is excellent. Christine Schafer has been deservedly praised for her Konstanze: her bright and clear soprano carries Konstanze's difficult coloratura arias convincingly and impeccably. Alan Ewing's deep but elegant and expressive bass is very appropriate for Osmin. The light voiced Patricia Petibon is enchanting as Blonde. The tenors in the roles of Belmonte and Pedrillo are a good match for each other. The spoken dialogue is superbly acted: pretty amazing considering that half of the cast are English. Iain Paton's German pronunciation is well nigh perfect! Since drama in Mozart operas is always so important, the attention paid by Les Arts Florissants to every detail of intonation, inflexion and timing really pays off. Let's face it, the main attraction on this recording is Ian Bostridge. Christie must have realized that this was going to be the case when he decided to sign up Bostridge instead of one of Les Arts Florissants regular tenors like, say, Paul Agnew. Christie wasn't mistaken: Die Entfuhrung has turned out to be the best selling Les Arts Florissants recording ever. I never before heard Bostridge in opera, so I was really curious as to whether he would bring to the recording some extra artistic merit, in addition to serving as a box office draw. I must say that although his Belmonte is very good, I am not convinced that Paul Agnew could not have done the job. Moreover, Bostridge's and Paton's singing voices on this recording sound distressingly alike. Their speaking voices are easier to distinguish. In fact, Bostridge talks exactly like he sings, which is probably one of the reasons that he is such a superlative leader interpreter. Part of me says: it's good that Bostridge took part in this recording, look - Christie can sign up the hottest star. But another part of me, the hard-core LAF fan, is a bit sore that Christie passed up on some of his old faithful tenors in favor of a dazzling cameo. Overall, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail exhibits the superb craftsmanship and maturity of Les Arts Florissants, but perhaps not the magic of some of their earlier operatic productions such as Medee or La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I love Christie's direction, it feels like Mozart 11 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful and fun recording. The cast are all great, a little light voiced, but this is a singspiel after all. So the casting is appropriate. The orchestra and chorus are fantastic. Christie's tempos and conducting are perfect. The digital sound is great. I was extremely pleased. Energetic and appropriately "Turkish." The drums and exotic effects shine through better with a smaller ensemble and authentic instruments. This is not the first time that I have heard the charming little march. A budget recording I had bought from Laserlight had an excerpt of a recording by the RIAS chamber chorus and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra that included the little march and the following chorus. Not having heard Gardiner's Abduction recording, I cannot cast a vote between them, but Gramophone criticized Gardiner's Abduction for being too serious. In Christie's hands though, the charm of the opera shines through as if Mozart himself was conducting.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A charming performance 7 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am, without question, a Mozartean to the end and have heard many recordings of the "Abduction from the Seraglio" but this has got to be one of the most charming and effervescent performances ever committed to record. Christine Schafer imbues Konstanze with real blood and guts and her vocal prowess could hardly be improved upon. Bostridge is a little on the light side but, nevertheless, gives a beautifully phrased and elegant performance. The Blonde of Patricia Petibon is equally wonderful; her shimmering voice rising to meet the demands of the role. The remaining singers are all good though some, definetely,prove more apt than others. Les Arts Florissant under William Christie's direction are, as one has come to expect from them, wonderful and lively. His tempos are right on the money and he moves the actions along both steadily and beautifully. A jewel-box of a performance and one which I have come to treasure.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Pity about the leading lady. 1 Sep 2000
By J. Luis Juarez Echenique - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
William Christie conducts a magical performance of Mozart's peerless singspiel, with Les Arts Florissants feeling quite at home in Mozart's sound world, as if they were playing Rameau or Charpentier. But Christine Schafer's kind of soprano is wrong for the huge and very demanding role of Konstanze, a bigger more opulent voice is needed. Sure Schafer has all the notes, but she sounds pushed to her limits, which is always uncomfortable to listen. Konstanze calls for a Margaret Price voice (she was unbelievable at Glyndebourne in the early 70's). Ian Bostridge is good, but nowhere as good as Wunderlich, Schreier or Francisco Araiza. The Osmin too, could have been improved easily. The orchestra and chorus are glorious, and for them alone I would buy this recording. But if you are on a budget, I think you should consider the Gardiner recording in Archiv. Sir John's performance is very fine indeed, though I prefer Christie's direction, but there is no comparison between the rich voiced Luba Orgonasova Konstanze and Schafer's. The slovak soprano has what it takes, and the mellow American Belmonte is easier on the ears than Bostridge. Gardiner's Osmin is also disappointing. (Kurt Moll where were you????).
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
the best entfuhrung on the market 2 Jan 2000
By wenarto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to entfuhrung since 1970 and have heard many recording. This album is definitely the best...far better that Solti overpowering on London with the flamboyancy of Edita Gruberova. This is definitely the set to buy. Christie's tempo is right on the money and all singers are in excellent shape and provide best interpretation. I just love this set.
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