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The 'Documentary' and its 'Bonus' are certainly worth watching. The theatre was put together speedily for Marie-Antoinette, so its materials were makeshift. But the machinery, that trundles flats into position and organises descent from the heavens, is effective if creakingly noisy. We see how it all works, and of course the main wonder is that the theatre survived at all. Subsequent royal wives had a feeling for it, and its constituents were not sufficiently valuable to attract the auctioneers of the Revolution or the Republic. So, beautifully restored, it is again a going concern for such connoisseurs as can buy their way in or be critically invited.

Le petit Théâtre de la Reine. © 2006 Vox lucida
Le petit Théâtre de la Reine. © 2006 Vox lucida

 

Copyright © 11 October 2006 Robert Anderson, London UK

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La petite musique de Marie-Antoinette

ARM010 DVD9 NTSC All regions PCM Stereo - 5.0 DTS NEW RELEASE 85' (concert) + 30' (documentary) 2006 Vox lucida

A film by Olivier Simonnet with Sophie Karthäuser, Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Les Agrémens, Guy van Wass; François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829): Symphony Op 8 No 2 in F; Symphonie Concertante in D from the ballet 'Le Premier Navigateur' for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon solos; Airs from 'Sabinus'; André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813): Airs from 'Céphale et Procris'; Airs from 'La Caravane du Caire'; Documentary: An exclusive visit to one of the oldest theatres in Europe; Bonus: Le petit Théâtre de la Reine before the revolution

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