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Wien disposition

Wien disposition

Wien disposition Following classic recordings documenting the work of Karl Böhm and Herbert von Karajan. Orfeo’s 150 Years Wiener Staatsoper box moves on to new releases that are seeing their first incarnation on an officially available disc. Although some of these operas can be sourced from pirate companies, Orfeo’s excellent remastering and pristine sound broadens the spatial dimension and the aural experience, even from those broadcasts that originate from the last decade. From 1988, one hears Vienna’s ... Read More »

Wien to me

Wien to me

Wien to me In his memoir The World of Yesterday, the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig painted a vivid portrait of the musically febrile Vienna of his youth, recounting with literary flair the Viennese’s exacting obsession over opera and its myriad strata of detail. Sifting through Zweig’s charming collection of memories, one can find humor in the mania audiences expressed over the fading bars of a Beethoven quartet, or the peculiar way its citizenry would collectively ... Read More »

Sadko, but true

Sadko, but true

Sadko, but true August means last-chance getaways so “Trove Thursday” escapes to an exotic place with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko featuring an all-star Bolshoi cast: Vladimir Atlantov, Tamara Milashkina, Elena Obraztsova, Zurab Sotkilava and Yuri Mazurok. Productions of Rimsky’s operas are relatively rare outside the former Soviet Union but a friend caught a recent Sadko in Ghent. Although he reported the production was of the most annoying and capricious regie sort, he was entranced by the music. ... Read More »

Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams The city of Bruges was anything but dead Sunday afternoon when Bard SummerScape’s concert staging of Korngold’s neglected—in the US anyway—Die Tote Stadt emerged triumphant thanks to Clay Hilley and Sara Jakubiak and some of the most thrilling singing I’ve heard for a long while. Unable to move beyond his grief over his dead blonde lover, a man spots a lookalike on the street and immediately becomes obsessed with her. Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, ... Read More »

The need for speed

The need for speed

The need for speed I’ve lost count of the fine singers I heard for the very first time during Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival the latest being beauteous Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique who appeared Sunday afternoon with the visiting Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer. From Cecilia Bartoli in 1990 to Christine Brewer, Thomas Quathoff, Natalie Stutzmann and most recently Gaëlle Arquez, Marianne Crebassa and Rosa Feola just last summer, Mostly Mozart has in my experience had ... Read More »

An old-fashioned wedding

An old-fashioned wedding

An old-fashioned wedding Gundula Janowitz turns 82 tomorrow so “Trove Thursday” celebrates one of my favorite singers with a pair of novelties: a complete Prodanà Nevesta (aka Die Verkaufte Braut, of course) by Smetana plus extended excerpts from a broadcast of Spontini’s La Vestale in its rarely heard original French version. The very first opera recording I owned was an LP of highlights from the Otto Klemperer Die Zauberflöte and it made me a lifelong fan of ... Read More »

Strangers when we meet

Strangers when we meet

Strangers when we meet The aphorisms projected before each act of Das Wunder der Heliane suggested the work concerns the transformative power of love—but does it really? Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera had to wait 92 years before Bard Summerscape mounted its US premiere and Sunday afternoon’s performance at the Fisher Center revealed a sometimes head-scratching allegory wrapped in sumptuously soaring music impossible to resist. Read More »

The journey is the destination

The journey is the destination

The journey is the destination Franz Schubert and Wilhelm Müller’s Winterreise arguably stands at the pinnacle of the lieder recitalist’s oeuvre. When performed beautifully, this intimate and psychologically probing song cycle invokes awe for drawing so much out of a singer’s musicality and interpretive range. In its entirety, these 24 poems on unrequited love comprise a dramatic narrative that can evoke as much emotional depth and power as tragic opera. Winterreise has fortunately accumulated a ... Read More »

Anna one, Anna two

Anna one, Anna two

Anna one, Anna two Those anxiously anticipating two sleepwalking Annas during the Met’s opening weeks need wait no longer: “Trove Thursday” offers Bellini’s La Sonnambula with Anna Moffo (San Francisco 1960) or Anna Netrebko (Vienna 2006). By sheer coincidence Bellini’s Amina bears some resemblances to Rossini’s Ninetta who appears tonight in Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra at the Rose Theater. Both virtuous bel canto heroines find themselves in a pickle through no fault of their own. True enough, ... Read More »

I had too much to dream last night

I had too much to dream last night

I had too much to dream last night Last month “Trove Thursday” presented two 20th century American operas, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Barber’s Vanessa, but on Independence Day we have instead an early work by one of the many émigrés who fled to the US during the 1930s: Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt in a 1967 Vienna broadcast appropriately featuring three American stars: John Alexander, Marilyn Zschau, and George London. 2019 is shaping ... Read More »

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