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    Default Instrumental recordings of Mozart's operas?

    I'm looking for something peculiar: recordings of Mozart's operas without singers, either with melodies not played at all or performed by instrumentalists. I know there is a whole "Opera without Words" series by Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Emil Tabakov but I find their renditions of Mozart completely tasteless (i.e. thoroughly Romantic, and what's even worse, including piccolo).

    What I'd like the most is "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco".

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    Not sure if what you're looking for is really an "opera minus one" type of recording (e.g. the original orchestral score, but no vocals), or perhaps instrumental arrangements that feature the great tunes from the operas as light listening? If the latter, those types of arrangements for "harmonie" ensembles (wind bands, with woodwinds, horns and maybe string bass) were very popular even when the operas were new. I have a couple of older CDs featuring those kinds of arrangements, including all the popular Mozart operas. Newer recordings or used copies may be around if a search is done for them.
    Last edited by Bill H.; Jul-02-2019 at 15:44.

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    Great topic, all I know is this arrangement of Magic Flute for String quartet:

    https://app.idagio.com/albums/quarte...he-magic-flute

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill H. View Post
    Not sure if what you're looking for is really an "opera minus one" type of recording
    The most important thing for me is the original instrumental parts are untouched, I can swallow instrumentalists performing the vocal parts (but for the mercy of all gods, not on piccolo) but harmonie arrangements are not what I'm looking for (I have quite a few recordings of them already).

    EDIT: I wasn't even aware of the "Music Minus One" series, that's exactly what I'd like to have, sadly I don't think they cover anything beyond strictly solo arias.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bwv 1080 View Post
    Great topic, all I know is this arrangement of Magic Flute for String quartet
    Sadly the link seems dead to me, isn't it this one?
    https://www.chf.de/benzolring/2012/11-16.html
    Last edited by Pawelec; Jul-03-2019 at 15:02.

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