I discovered The Magic Flute through this recording. I have come to consider it a precious, precious gift from the Gods. It is so good, and I love it so much that I am apprehensive about listening to any other. I suspect I never shall. Klemperer's tempi, never square and always elastic where necessary, feel divinely ordained, the ensemble playing, the balance, all is perfection. The voices are sublime and there are so many spine-tingling moments - Janowitz at the end of her duet with Gedda, the strings' re-entry at the end of "Ach, ich fuehl's", Gedda at the end of "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schoen", not forgetting Popp and Berry's fantastic contributions. And I would like to put in a word for Gottlob Frick, whom in spite of his insecurities at the very bottom of his range - evident in "In diesen heil'gen Hallen" - I would not replace for his special combination of authority and humanity. The Masonic Music and chorus numbers may be too slow and stately for some, but they never plod and suggest, to me, an other-worldy, even heavenly quality. Klemperer and his cast bring us joy, beauty and Mozart's child-like mischievous vivacity in a recording to be treasured for all time.