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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Right? Wrong!

I know that these are sacred cows, but I don't care for either recording very much. The Magic Flute has some excellent singing (particularly Popp's KdN), but the rest of the cast is only fair, Gedda is a terrible Mozartean, and Frick wasn't having one of his better days (and wasn't a born Sarastro anyway). And the complete absence of dialogue is a dealbreaker for me. Klemperer's is a very different, more serious take on the opera; I don't mind that - I just wish that it had been done better.

As for the Giulini Don Giovanni, Waechter is an awful, hectoring Don, and I can't stand Schwarzkopf's meowing. And Alva's Ottavio is a wimp.

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