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Opera Explained: MOZART - The Magic Flute (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: MOZART - The Magic Flute (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... MOZART: The Magic Flute

Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
8-page booklet
Naxos 8.558012
ISBN: 1-84379-075-0

The Magic Flute almost defines a masterpiece, because it can be enjoyed on every level. It is a superb fairy story, complete with dragons, demons, a handsome prince, and a lovely maiden seriously in need of rescue; it is a political satire, social commentary, and psychological drama; it is full of tunes from the playful to the heart-stopping, jolly songs, and deeply spiritual outpourings. It is, in short, ' Mozart' - and there is no greater compliment than that.

This disc gives us a wonderful insight into possibly the most remarkable work ever written for the stage. Beginning with an enticing overview of Mozart's astonishing output, David Timson then takes us through The Magic Flute with infectious pleasure at every turn of genius. From the delightfully comic Papageno 'rudely trying to sing with his mouth full of padlock' to The Queen of the Night's Vengeance aria, we enjoy the full spectrum of dramatic situations.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Timson, David, arranger(s)

  An Introduction to... MOZART The Magic Flute
1.   Introduction 00:04:05
2.   Example of the 'sublime' Mozart 00:07:03
3.   Mozart's operas 00:02:24
4.   Overture to Act I - Introduction to The Magic Flute 00:08:26
5.   Act I: the curtain rises 00:02:29
6.   Introduction of characters - Papageno and Tamino enter 00:04:30
7.   The Queen of the Night 00:06:18
8.   Inside Sarastro's palace 00:02:43
9.   Act I: Finale 00:07:27
10.   Act II 00:04:30
11.   'Der Holle Rache' - the Queen of the Night imterrupts 00:04:10
12.   Sarastro: "In diesen heil'gen Hallen' 00:05:54
13.   The reunion of Tamino and Pamina 00:03:25
14.   Pa - pa - pa - pa - pa - pa - Papagena! 00:06:34

Total Playing Time: 01:09:58

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Timson, David

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.558012

Barcode: 0636943801222

Boxset: 8.660904-06

Physical Release: 07/2002

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