Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

COMPOSERS: Mozart
LABELS: DG Double
WORKS: Die Entführung aus dem Serail
PERFORMER: Rolf Boysen, Lotte Schädle, Friedrich Lenz, Willi Schmitz, Erika Köth, Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Böhme; Bavarian State Opera Chorus &Orchestra/Eugen Jochum
CATALOGUE NO: 439 708-2 ADDReissue
Eugen Jochum’s 1965 performance, with extensive dialogue, has no pretensions to ‘authenticity’ but carries conviction. Most valuable is Wunderlich’s peerless Belmonte. Kurt Böhme’s Osmin has character, though his tone is fulsome rather than grand. Lotte Schädle’s Blonde is a charmer, though Erika Köth’s Constanze is scarcely on top of the coloratura. Many will want more documentation than the tiny article and synopsis. George Hall

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