The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Arranged by Franz Heinrich Ehrenfried (1793)

Daniel Fueter, Narrator

Claire Genewein, Flute
Plamena Nikitassova, Violin
Johannes Frisch, Viola
Reto Cuonz, Violoncello

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with a text by impresario and actor Emanuel Schikaneder, was given its first performance on September 30th 1791 in Vienna’s Theater auf der Wieden. It was the beginning of an unparalleled success story. The Mainz court musician Franz Heinrich Ehrenfried (1747–1828) would also have benefited from this vogue with his arrangement of the Magic Flute for flute quartet. Ehrenfried, who clearly had a special preference for instrumental combinations featuring the fashionable flute, manages with this quartet to produce a high-quality, technically demanding composition.


Bonus Material:
«Die Zauberflöte. Eine große Oper in zwey Aufzügen … Wien 1791» (first edition of the libretto)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart «Die Zauberflöte». First edition Schott Mainz 1793 (Fürst zu Bentheim-Tecklenburgische
music library, Rheda)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart «Die Zauberflöte». Operette par Mozart, arrangé en quatuor, pour la Flute
Traversière, Violon, Viola, Violoncelle par Ehrenfried; um 1800 (Upper Austrian State Museum, Linz / Bibliothek Mus. Hs. 378/1-4)

New edition of Ehrenfried’s arrangement by Edition Walhall

Double CD €20 (plus p&p)

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