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In Reply to: RE: What do you think of Beecham's? nt posted by email@example.com on June 26, 2017 at 18:27:09
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.
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