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The Philosopher's Stoneby Martin Pearlman
"The Philosopher's Stone" is an opera composed in 1790 by a group of musicians involved in Mozart's great "Magic Flute," which premiered a year later. Like Mozart's late masterpiece, "The Philosopher's Stone" is a moralizing fairy tale involving supernatural elements, from genies to magic birds. An American musicologist recently made a convincing case that 20 minutes of the last act were composed by Mozart himself. The parts attributed to Mozart are much better than the rest and fit the great composer's idiom so closely that if they're not by Wolfgang himself, someone did a damn fine imitation. A miaowing duet sung by a wife turned into a cat seems to fit the master's notorious sense of humor, and the urgently noble Act Two finale moves with the kind of grace that deserves the appellation, "Mozartian." A cast of light-voiced young singers and the Boston Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Martin Pearlman, make a relaxed case for this music -- even if the experts continue to argue about exactly who wrote it.
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Performance CreditsMartin Pearlman Primary Artist
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