• November 8, 2009 /  Recordings

    In the original autograph, Mozart included a cadenza for the three ladies in scene one. This was removed early on and replaced by a short two bar bridge.
    In his 1995 recording of the Flute, William Cristie has reinserted this cadenza. In the sample here, we pick up the first scene at the end of bar 187. At bar 205 the cadenza begins (19 bars) and returns at bar 207. That is, bars 205 and 206 in the edited score replace the cadenza.

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    The excerpt is from the ERATO CD no. 0630-12705-2. Die drei Damen are sung by Anna-Maria Panzarella, Doris Lamprecht, and Delphine Haidan; Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie. I rate it as a must-have recording!
    The Bärenreiter score (no. 155) includes the cadenza as an appendix.

  • February 26, 2009 /  Commentary, Recordings

    A couple of years ago I purchased a recording of the Flute by Wolfgang Sawallisch with the Bayerische Staatsoper (EMI Classics re-release, originally recorded in 1972).
    On my first hearing I was immediately impressed. Then, in the second act, a surprise! A duet by Tamino and Papageno, “Pamina, wo bist du?”, that I had never heard, or heard of, before. The reference books I have listed nothing. Very curious I searched the Net for anything I could find. But the only references were to this recording (for the track listing). Hmmm.
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