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Mozart, W.A.: The Abduction from the Seraglio
 
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Mozart, W.A.: The Abduction from the Seraglio

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1988 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 2:10:27
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  • ASIN: B001N5BONI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,075 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jbmcclain on 22 Mar 2013
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Excellent, timeless production of this Mozart favorite - DG always delivers quality! I would highly recommend this recording for the collection of any serious enthusiast.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Stewart on 19 July 2011
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Nicely ballanced sound. Singers stand out but the can be orchestra heard with out it being too intrusive during the singing.

An old but nevetheless enjoyable recording
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Saathof on 28 Sep 2009
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If you are one of those who must have the latest/ newest performance, forget about this. The recording dates from 1973.

However if you do not care about fancy, today top-of-the bill , singers, listen to this performance. You will be surprised by the singing of 35-odd years ago, and about the quality of the (DGG) recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Spirit of Mozart Lives on this Recording 2 April 2010
By David J. Friedlander - Published on Amazon.com
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Bohm leads an excellent cast here that captures the Mozartian spirit wonderfully. From the very beginning, the pacing of the drama unfolds with just the right energy. The humor in the score is brought out with finesse, especially with Kurt Moll's excellent, three dimensional Osmin. His clowning and menace seem real by turns and it is wonderful to hear his full bass voice take complete measure of the challenges Mozart laid out for the part. The female leads are no less compelling. Auger had a great natural musicianship to go with her clear, sweet voice and she adds just the right timbre to create a real Konstanze you can feel as well as hear. I think this sweeps the board and at mid-price, this is a no-doubter. Years ago this was awarded a rosette by the Penguin Guide. More recent issues give it the full 4 stars and a key. This is entertaining Mozart, sympathetic to his style while capturing all the energy and charm of the score. For my money, there is no other choice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What's not to like? 1 April 2011
By Just another listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love this recording very much! I am not the sort of reviewer who has twenty different versions of this opera to compare; I'm the sort of buyer who is looking for a great performance at a great price. I feel this box set hits the sweet spot.

If you saw the movie "Amadeus", you will recognize this work as the one with "too many notes". If you liked that number, you'll like this one. On this box set, it is performed in German by a German cast.

Karl Bohm did a great job with the orchestra: right tempos, good dynamics, good balance, good musicians. It could scarcely have been done better. I suppose if we could bring the cast into the present day and record it again, we might get some marginal sound improvement, but what we have there is not bad at all and a joy to listen to.

The box set comes with a libretto in English German, French, and Italian. The CD box is easy to open and the libretto slips into the box (not in the CD case itself). The dialogue between the songs is included (this is a Singspiel and not an Opera). Actors perform the dialogue, not the singers.

The choir is fabulous! And the singers -- ah, the singers. We see both good and bad reviews of the same singers on this same recording, so what can we say? Perhaps it is a matter of taste. Peter Schreier and Kurt Moll are the best of the lot. Harald Neukirk is a little weak on his solos. He's not bad, but clearly not in the same league as Schreier and Moll. He sings great harmonies; in fact, when the three men sing together, it is something to hear!

Arlene Auger would be outstanding, except she is a little screechy on the very highest notes. As one reviewer said, not quite enough weight to pull off Martern Aller Artern. Apart from that, she sounds lovely, and is a good interpreter. Rene Grist is less memorable. I found her screechy at times, but then again she was singing about scratching Osmin's eyes out. I'll give her a pass.

Yes, folks, I will quibble about a singer here or there (four stars, not five), but overall, I love this box set. We have Karl Bohm and the Dresdner Staatskapelle, Kurt Moll and Peter Schreier on two CDs with a libretto in four languages, performing what many consider to be Mozart's finest opera. It can be yours for $20 and change.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not quite what Mozart had in mind. 19 Oct 2008
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This is by no means a terrible recording, but it certainly does not aproach Mozart's ideal for this opera. Karl Boehm makes a very common mistake in handling Mozart's German Operas: he treats them as just a run-of-the-mill Singspiel, which it certainly isn't. From reading Mozart's own letters one realizes the deep level of patriatism he had for his German heritage. It was a never ending source of annoyance that in the heart of a great German empire Italian and French opera held sway and German Singspiel was relagated to such a level as it was. The composition of Die Entfuhrung was an effort on Mozart's and also Kaiser Joseph's part to establish German opera in Vienna. This was to be anything but an unimportant, incidental work.
In my view, Herr Boehm makes the fatal mistake of treating the music and the drama to lightly. More especially the parts of Pedrillo and Blonde are left devoid of any real dramatic weight, both in regards to spoken dialog but even more so with their music.
Overall the singing is not bad: Ms. Auger's interpretation of Konstanze was the highlight of the recording for me, even though her voice seemed a bit weak for an aria like Marten aller Arten. The Staatskapelle Dresden is also a good reason to considerbuy this recording.
Overall, this recording has many fine points, but is far from my favourite. My recomendation would be Sir Colin Davis' recording made for Philips that is part of the Mozart Edition. The singing and direction is far better, even if (typical for an English conductor) the orchestra is slightly deminished.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Böhm is great, the singers on this set are not 14 Feb 2011
By Arnar - Published on Amazon.com
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I will not write a lengthy note here. I only would like to say that Schreier's shrill voice (as Belmonte) ruins this otherwise fine recording. I don't like Schreier's voice and when I compare his singing with the wonderful singing by Wunderlich as Belmonte under Jochum, it is like comparing a rotten tomato to a fresh one. I know this sounds very harsh but I suggest you listen first to Schreier and then Wunderlich sing "Wie ängstlich" and you will understand.. probably! So, this is definitely not the best choice if you don't like Schreier's voice. On the whole I think this recording is overrated. The more recent recordings of this opera are at least as good as this on the whole. However, I prefer Jochum and Wunderlich by a mile.
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