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Mozart: The Magic Flute [DVD] [2006]

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  • Actors: Martti Talvela
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0009XSMBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,340 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


James Levine leads the Vienna Philharmonic in this critically acclaimed production of Mozart's opera, performed at the Salzburg Festival in 1982. Edita Gruberova heads an all-star cast including Peter Schreier, Ileana Cotrubas and Edda Moser.

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An excellent and very atmospheric live performance with some of the great artists of the last century. A pleasure to see the late great (in every sense) Marrti Talvela as Sarastro.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
PERFECT FLUTE 17 Sept. 2007
By Chilean Opera lover - Published on
I really love this opera and have been trying to find another than the Met's. I found this one and inspite the sound has not been remastered, I bought it and really enjoyed. A DREAM cast, specially Cotrubas and Gruberova at their best, but also the rest. Beautiful sets and lightning, specially for the queen of the night arias. There are many other productions but this is the one to buy, mostly because of the singing and the historic value.
A Grand 'Flute with many insightful moments 26 Feb. 2015
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on
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I've watched and listened to at least 15 different presentations of Mozart's 'Magic Flute', some of them live, others on DVD, and one of them with marionettes, and although it seems to be fashionable to mock Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's productions nowadays, his 1982 Salzburg Festival 'Flute gave me many new insights into Mozart's characters. I was especially intrigued by Christian Boesch's portrayal of the bird-catcher, Papageno. All of Papageno's spoken dialogue was left in, and I learned for the first time that his mother was probably one of the Queen of the Night's attendants. Henceforth, every time the Three Ladies appeared on stage, I wondered which one of them might have given birth to the bird-man.

Again, in Act II, scene 4 after Pamina's desolate "Ach, ich fühl's" where in some productions Papageno seems to be mocking Tamino ("See, I can keep quiet, too..."), here he sympathizes with the somewhat humorless, didactic prince. This really deepened Papageno's character for me.

Mr. Ponnelle's normally lavish sets seemed somewhat constricted by his stage--the stony, galleried background of the Felsenreitschule. However, the galleries made a great frame for Edita Gruberova's Queen of the Night, and effectively distanced her from her daughter, when she is urging Pamina to kill Sarastro. It performed the same service for the three Genii when they first appeared to Tamino, and again to Papageno and Tamino in the trial scene.

Incidentally, the three Genii were sung by soloists from the Tölzer Knabenchor, and they were absolutely the best I've ever heard in any production. Such could not be said for some of the other singers. Peter Schreier's Tamino started out tight and dry, although he improved as the opera progressed. Edita Gruberova also had trouble with her tough vocal gymnastics in the first act, but opened up full throttle when haranguing her hapless daughter in Act II. "Der Hölle Rache" was well worth waiting for. Finnish bass, Martti Talvela was an imposing Sarastro, although at times his voice was so soft it was drowned out by the orchestra. Ileana Cotrubas was a wistful, beautifully-sung Pamina.

The Vienna Philharmonic was superbly conducted by a youthful James Levine, who was actually given a line of spoken dialogue in this production ( "Zurück!") when Papageno showed up in the orchestra pit, searching for his lost Papagena. I think Mozart would have loved that playful little interlude. Thank you, Mr. Ponnelle.
15 of 28 people found the following review helpful
L'UNICA 26 Sept. 2005
By O. Ochoa - Published on
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A wonderful performance of a great opera. Edita Gruberova is the Queen of the Night. Her singing is a virtuoso display of coloratura artistry without equal. After repeated viewings I still find myself amazed by her vocal abilities. A must buy for fans of Mozart and Gruberova.
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Very disappointing.. 1 Oct. 2005
By park jung min - Published on
The magic flute is probably the most overrated opera written by Mozart among his compositions. Don't get me wrong.. I am truly a mozartian and looking forward to having this DVD. I mean after watching this salzberg production, you will agree with my opinion at least. Musically, it's a masterpiece of course, however, the problem is Shnittke's libretto and the production itself obioulsy. It's very dark and I can not see what are singers doing on the stage. The performance feels empty and there is a terrible direction and meaningless, disastrous stage design all over the place. The entire casts look so old (especially Schreier and Cotrubas) and act horribly. I think it's hard to ruin this opera like this with such a marvelous music by Mozart. Very bad casting, acting and directing. Total disaster.
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