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5.0 out of 5 stars classic fifties mozart, 5 April 2013
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I guess that the price demands compromise although it would have been nice to have had full cast lists for all the operas.There are no details for Figaro or Magic Flute. Again a plastic envelope for all the CDs rather than some of them having to share might have been nice.

But then £13.50 on Marketplace for five operas. And one of those is the incomparable Kleiber Figaro. Perhaps of its time and certainly anathema to the authentic brigade but likely to survive long after their heroes are forgotten. Not the mosy spritely but arguably the most together. I intended to listen to Act 1 only and ended up unable to turn it off. The sound is perfectly acceptable in early stereo and does not detract from the performance. And with Seipi as a dangerous Figaoo, della casa as rhe countess and Danco as Cherubino the cast is first class. Only Poell as the Count lets the side down slightly.

I also enjoyed Krips in Don Giovanni, also allowed to spread over three discs, and with Corena as a first class leporello and siepi as the Don. Again Krips takes his time but no problems with that. The endings are blunt - no appogiatoras here but this was the fifties.

Bohm in Cosi lets the side down slightly. This is his Decca recording and he improved considerably when he re recorded the opera for EMI. An acceptable version though.

I am not a fan of Karajan but his Magic Flute for EMI was far better than his Dg remake. However he decided to remove all the recitatives which does destroy continuity. But with Erich Kunz as Papageno and Grummer as Pamina no real complaints as to the cast

What a pite Erica Koth was allowed to participate in Seraglio. She is shrill as Constanza, her perforrmance is a trial. And there is noe one who particularly stands out in the cast apart from George Szell. And because this is a live performance there is all the inevitable stage noise.

But Kleiber is worth the money on his own - a new version of the Decca on Marketplace costing in excess of £18.00.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic recordings, 10 Feb. 2013
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These are 1950s recordings, but considering their age the sound is very good and the general standard of singing is superb. Some of the recordings were available on Decca Ace of Clubs in the 1970s so they may be of nostalgic interest for middle-aged lovers of Mozart opera, but I would recommend them to anyone who wants to hear this music sung really well with attention to detail and beauty of sound. The only disappontment, though no surprise considering the price, is that the CDs come in very ordinary box with cast lists and virtually nothing else. Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail unde Szell is a live performance with occasional stage noise, but this is more than compensated by its quality and liveliness. Cosi Fan Tutte is a classic version under Karl Bohm and I can't praise the elegant, mellifluous singing and conducting too highly. Don Giovanni under Krips has a real buffa quality with a hint of darkness. Kleiber's Figaro and Karajan's Magic Flute are also highly recommendable. Altogether a bargain and worth having alongside any modern versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding bargain, 19 Sept. 2013
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The five performances offered in this cheap set are all thoroughly enjoyable. But four of them - The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute - are great in my book. Everyone should listen to these classic performances. The sound is fine to my ears and I can put with up the shortcomings of packaging at this amazing price. Do not miss this outstanding bargain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 19 April 2015
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