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In Reply to: RE: Right? Wrong! -- I always think of that D. G. as . . . posted by goldenthal on June 24, 2017 at 15:14:15
...try the live one from 1956 from Salzburg, conducted by Mitropoulos.
It isn't high-rez, but the singers are leagues better than Giulini's.
I assume that you're talking about Zauberflote, not Don Giovanni.
The Beecham Magic Flute is another "sacred cow" that, IMO, doesn't deserve the sort of knee-jerk emcomiums (encomia?) that it often receives. For my money, the only singer who is above routine is Gerhard Husch as Papageno (and he is superb). I dislike Berger's little girlish KdN, Lemnitz's colorless Pamina, and it's hard to tolerate Strienz once one has heard the likes of Crass and Moll as Sarastro. Worst is Roswaenge, utterly miscast and charmless as Tamino.
This recording was originally supposed to include Tauber and Kipnis instead of Roswaenge and Strienz, but Berlin was not a friendly place for Jews in 1937, so they cast a couple of Nazi sympathizers in their place.
Thanks, Kas; I'll try to get a listen. Oddly, the only Mitropoulos with which I am very familiar is his conducting of Les Nuits d'Eté with Steber, but that performance is indeed stellar (both he and she).
Be sure to buy the Sony issue - this has been issued on some other labels, but Sony apparently got hold of the master tapes, and the sound, for a live 1956 performance, is excellent.
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