Mozart: Thamos, König in Agypten; Der Schauspieldirektor

LABELS: Teldec
WORKS: Thamos, König in Agypten; Der Schauspieldirektor
PERFORMER: Thomas Tomaschke, Janet Perry, Anne-Marie Mühle, Marius van Altena, Harry van der Kamp, Magda Nador, Krisztina Láki, Thomas HampsonCollegium Vocale, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-95979-2 DDD
Mozart’s Thamos consists of three choruses and five instrumental pieces composed as incidental music for a dull and dignified play by Tobias von Gebler. The pieces are interesting mainly for the way they adumbrate the more solemn aspects of Die Zauberflöte, but Der Schauspieldirektor is, apart from its dull finale, a sparkling affair, with two delightful arias for its rival leading ladies. These are very acceptable and stylishly conducted performances. Charles Osborne