conducted by Jordi Savall, in period instruments,
Modern stagings of Baroque operas always are weird-looking, and this Italian version is no exception, opening with the fat cupids, and, where else could you find operatic firemen?
Bejun Mehta: Orlando
Sophie Karthäuser: Angelica
Kristina Hammarström: Medoro
Sunhae Im: Dorinda
Konstantin Wolff: Zoroastro
Baroque Orchestra B’Rock
Conducted by René Jacobs
Melody may have its origin in human nature or in the realm of spirit, but, as we’ve noted, it is inflected differently in different cultures. Tonal systems vary dramatically; yet, though all these systems will qualify as music, not all can be described as melodic. It may well be that the Western imagination is specifically attuned to the reception of melody from its undocumentable source—at any rate, melody in its more elaborate, sophisticated and memorable aspects. The Bible is replete with references to song; the Greeks pioneered a plurality of melodic modes—Dorian, Phrygian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Aeolian, whose intervals were based on mathematical ratios discovered by Pythagoras, which came to be known as “the fingerprints of the Gods”; and Church monophony eventually developed into lavishly harmonic and rhythmic polyphony. I am tempted to say that melody as it has been heard, cultivated, refined and transmitted is one of the signatures of Western civilization, an aural distillate of its essence.
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Like Judith, “I’m finding that I spend more and more time streaming operatic concerts as a way of cocooning during this almost unbearable election cycle.”
A reader requested, Die Walküre as conducted by Daniel Barenboim, so here we go,
And here they ride the $1million Met contraption, which actually looks like fun, in a see-saw way,
It didn’t take long for another opera fan to send this,
No, I don’t know a word of Russian, so I hope that Анна Нетребко и Дмитрий Хворостовский. Красная площадь means “Anna Netrebkp and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Moscow concert”, or something to that effect.
Those two together – how more gorgeous can you get?
Judith send Hvorostovsky, as always, Jay Nordlinger’s review of the Carnegie Hall recital.
Now I want to see them in concert with her dressed in pure white, with her black hair down, and him in his customary black and his white hair.
Yin and yang!
His musical selections:
Handel: “Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa”
Boyce: Symphony No. 1
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
and let’s not forget
Zurich 2001 production.
Don Giovanni – Rodney Gilfry
Leporello – László Polgár
Donna Anna – Isabel Rey
Don Octtavio – Roberto Saccà
Donna Elvira – Cecilia Bartoli
Zerlina – Liliana Nikiteanu
Masetto – Oliver Widmer
Commendatore – Matti Salminen
Conductor – Nikolaus Harnoncount
Director – Brian Large
Music – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto – Lorenzo Da Ponte
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And an extra, starring the beautiful late Mrs. Savall, Montserrat Figueras,
The film that started me on my Baroque and Early Music decades-long obsession,
and my idea of heavenly music, Jordi Savall (who actually played the music you hear in the film’s soundtrack) performing the Spanish Variations on viola de gamba,
Savall has re-introduced the Early Music repertoire to modern audiences as his fellow Iberians Pablo Casals and Andres Segovia did with cello and classical guitar in the 20th century.
The heartbreak of the film’s plot matches the real-life tragic life of Guillaume Depardieu; however, the beautifully executed music makes it worthwhile.