Mozart: find opera

WORKS: find opera
PERFORMER: Hans Peter Blochwitz, Rosa Mannion, Anton Scharinger, Natalie Dessay; Les Arts Florissants/William Christie
CATALOGUE NO: 0630-12705-2 DDD
This studio-made recording followed staged performances at last year’s Aix-en-Provence Festival. The main plus is a wonderful sense of theatrical life. Les Arts Florissants provide impeccably fluid but precise playing with delicate textures and mainly swift tempi. Blochwitz as Tamino has a gloriously warm, pliant tone. Mannion’s Pamina is quite a revelation. The three Ladies are the weakest link, but the three Boys are among the best I have ever heard. Elise McDougall