George Gruntz / Peter O. Chotjewitz

The Magic of a Flute


Jazzopera von George Gruntz für 8 improvisierende Solisten und Jazz-Big Band - Kompositionsauftrag des Menuhin Festival Gstaad


In 1972, the German writer Peter O. Chotjewitz was commissioned by the opera house director Rolf Liebermann to write the scenario for an opera. It was to be based on the story of the 'Magic Flute' as devised by Emanuel Schikaneder, which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart naturally had set to music as one of the greatest masterworks of all time. On the basis of this scenario, reduced to 'storyboards', George Gruntz arranged in the USA for a number of poets, some of them very well known, to write new texts - texts that would be suitable for jazz compositions and for performance by jazz vocalists and instrumentalists who are used to improvising. On this recording of the concert version, which was given its world première in Gstaad in the summer of 2003 and subsequently performed in Hamburg, some of the arias were sung, while other texts only existed 'on paper', being composed as purely instrumental numbers, and performed by exceptional jazz improvisers.


George Gruntz / Peter O. Chotjewitz


NDR Big Band, Mark Murphy: Captain/Sarastro, Renée Manning: Ma/Königin der Nacht, Lauren Newton: Jeannine/Pamina, Ian Shaw: Jean/Tamino, Marcelino Feliciano: Pep/Pageno, George Gruntz, Leitung u.a.

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MGB 6219

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