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BBC Music Magazine, January 2012

…[the performers’] style and sensitivity is exemplary, as is their sense of teamwork is the key to the success of this whole enterprise… Michael Halász’s traditional reading is not undistinguished, it is free from mannerism and sensitive to both drama and music. …possibly the best all-round Flute currently available. © 2012 BBC Music Magazine

Kerryn Chan
The Flying Inkpot, August 1998

…here is an excellent recording released under the Naxos label with Michael Halász conducting the Failoni Orchestra of Budapest and the Hungarian Festival Chorus, together with an international cast…

The excitement of this opera begins with a very brisk and crisp overture, in the manner that Halász wants to tell this fantasy tale. Halasz maintains good control over the orchestra in terms of pacing, phrasing and general musicianship. Throughout this recording, the orchestra sounds lush and full.

On the whole, this budget-priced recording is a delightful introduction to this wonderful opera; the music is kept brisk and fresh, and the singing maintained at high standards generally. Most of the singers outdo themselves, balancing the drama of this opera with a good dose of the whimsical. The beauty of Mozart’s music was delivered naturally and gorgeously in most instances. If you are a beginner, wanting to explore this particular opera without paying too much, this is a great budget-priced buy… Even if you are an experienced connoisseur looking for a fresh set, this recording on the Naxos label makes a worthy listen. Go for it! © 1998 The Flying Inkpot

Lawrence Johnson
Chicago Tribune, March 1995

The mostly unknown cast ranges from adequate to excellent, with Norberg-Schulz’s youthful and beguiling Pamina the standout in the cast; Tichy, a wonderfully characterful, weighty-voiced Papageno; and Lippert, a sturdy Tamino. Kwon is an acceptable Queen of the Night, and Rydl a resonant but wobbly Sarastro.

Michael Halasz leads a neatly paced, light-textured performance, supported by the fine Hungarian orchestra and chorus, and well-recorded with some imaginative sound effects. © 1995 Chicago Tribune

Alan Blyth

Naxos have done it again. Once more they effectively challenge the hegemony of more prestigious companies that sell their wares at full price. Somebody in this tightly run, adventurous company has an eye and ear for sensible, middle-of-the-road casting and young invigorating conductors. This version of a much-recorded work isn’t quite going to topple from their perch the leaders in the field, but at the price the set is a formidable rival to them.

The recording is beautifully balanced and allows plenty of air around the voices and orchestra…admirable and attractive version by anyone for whom its huge price advantage is there for the taking. © 1998 Gramophone

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