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Of Smoke and Mirrors

Donald Macleod talks to mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter about former Drottnigholm music director Arnold Ostman and also explores Swedish nationalist opera Gustaf Vasa.

iii) Of Smoke and Mirrors
Arnold Őstman's recordings of the Mozart operas are highly prized authentic readings of these classical works. Today brings a chance to hear part of his Magic Flute and also to sample Johann Gottlieb Naumann's Swedish Nationalist opera 'Gustaf Wasa' - a great cause célèbre at a point in Gustavus III's reign when Sweden and Denmark were on a war footing.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Magic Flute – Overture

    Performer: The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra Performer: Arnold Őstman (conductor) Mark Tatlow (assistant Conductor)

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Magic Flute

    Performer: - Alles fűhlt der Liebe Freuden Performer: – Queen of the Night Aria- Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinenm Herzen Performer: Martin Petzold (Monostatos) Performer: Sumi Jo (Queen of the Night) Performer: Kurt Streit (Tamino) Performer: Barbara Bonney (Pamina) Performer: Gilles Cachemaille (Papageno) Performer: The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra & Chorus Performer: Arnold Őstman (conductor)

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  • Johann Gottlieb Naumann

    Gustaf Wasa (Act 2 – Act 3) (1786)

    Performer: Anders Andersson (Gustaf Wass) Performer: Nicolai Gedda (Christjern II) Performer: Tord Wallstrom (Severin Norrby) Performer: Lena Nordin (Christina Gyllenstierna) Performer: Dorrit Kleimert (Cecilia af Eka) Performer: Eva Pilat (Margaretha Wasa) Performer: Ingar Blom (Anna Bielke) Performer: Staffan Sandlund (Lars Sparre) Performer: Henrik Westberg (Danish Herald) Performer: Marie Dimpker (Swedish Guardian Angel) Performer: Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Swedish Opera Performer: Philip Brunelle (conductor)

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