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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Agnes Baltsa (vocals); Anna Tomowa-Sintow (vocals); Christian Schulz (vocals); Edith Mathis (vocals); Francisco Araiza (vocals); Gottfried Hornik (vocals); Hanna Schwarz (vocals); Heiner Hopfner (vocals); Heinz Kruse (vocals); Janet Perry (vocals)
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  1. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
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Herbert von Karajan's 1980 recording of Die Zauberflöte is a sturdy account of the opera. The Berlin Philharmonic is a larger ensemble than is often used for the opera, but the orchestra plays with fleet delicacy and Karajan's reading is nicely nuanced and well-paced. The cast is for the most part very fine. Francisco Araiza and Edith Mathis make a robust royal couple, and Mathis is simply splendid in the clarion purity of her delivery. Gottfried Hornik grows into the role of Papageno, and by the end of the first act he ...

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte 1990, Deutsche Grammophon

UPC: 028941096722