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The Seckerson Tapes: René Jacobs Interview | reviews, news & interviews

The Seckerson Tapes: René Jacobs Interview

The Seckerson Tapes: René Jacobs Interview

On the trail of the authentic sound of Mozart's Magic Flute

Jacobs talks about his crusade on behalf of style, 18th century and otherwise. He talks about the hours of reading and researching, the endless detective work offering clues as to how this music might have sounded and why. He talks about the dangers of "performance tradition" and offers some thoughts as to why Mozart's librettist on The Magic Flute, Emanuel Schikaneder, has been so underrated and misunderstood. He also holds court on the latter-day evolution of the countertenor with reference to both his own career and to another new release of Handel arias featuring the exquisite voice of Bejun Mehta.

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