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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Edith Oravez (vocals); Elisabeth Höngen (vocals); Elisabeth Rutgers (vocals); Ernst Haefliger (vocals);...
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  1. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
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The story goes that once, when Furtwängler was rehearsing with an Italian orchestra, his unsteady opening downbeat caused one of the musicians to call out sympathetically "Coraggio, maestro!" Whether or not it's apocryphal, the story's totally credible. Just listen to the opening chords of this 1949 recording of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Furtwängler conducting the Vienna Philharmonic at the 1949 Salzburg Festival. All the strings come in too soon on the first chord. Only the violins come in too soon for the second chord ...

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte 2005, Orfeo

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