TOSCANINI Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

"I share the view of Toscanini's able biographer, Harvey Sachs, who called the performance “original and fascinating and, for the most part, very beautiful.“ As is often the case with a familiar work heard for the first time in a Toscanini performance, one may find all sorts of suggestions and insights that prove to be an education. Tempos are unconventional—both faster and slower than usual—but most of all there is a sense of the work's humor, sensuousness (even sensuality), and drama." - Mortimer H. Frank, Fanfare

The only known recording of Toscanini conducting a Mozart opera dates from the Salzburg Festival of 1937. A notoriously poor source recording, made on a film-based device called a Selenophone, its reissues have been out of print for some time.

Here Pristine throws all of its 21st century digital technology and XR remastering techniques at an excellent tape dub of that Selenophone recording to bring you the finest sounding release ever of this superlative and rare performance. Check out our weekly newsletter for a special offer on all Toscanini recordings here at Pristine until the end of the year.