Mozart - La Flute enchantee (CD + DVD + Blu-ray)

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Mozart - La Flute enchantee (CD + DVD + Blu-ray)

Herve Niquet, Mathias Vidal, Suzanne Jerosme, Marie Gautrot, Melodie Ruvio, Marc Scoffo...

£27.95

In the words of the late Belgian musicologist Maurice Barthélemy, quoted in the booklet to this enchanting new recording of Mozart’s Magic Flute, ‘Die Zauberflöte presents itself to us as the testament of a century, like an illusion at last, which lacked neither nobility nor grandeur, but which seems to us, today, to have evaporated into the mists of a dream.’ But what if the action itself were a dream – a child’s dream? That’s the main premise of the production by Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek, presented here on both DVD and Blu-ray as well ... read more

In the words of the late Belgian musicologist Maurice Barthélemy, quoted in the booklet to this enchanting new recording of Mozart’s Magic Flute, ‘Die Zauberflöte presents itself to us as the testamen... read more

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