LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 16.0

Help for CLASSICAL Archives


CLASSICAL Archives

CLASSICAL Archives


CLASSICAL@COMMUNITY.LSOFT.COM


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

CLASSICAL Home

CLASSICAL Home

CLASSICAL  December 2005

CLASSICAL December 2005

Subject:

"Solve, Oedipus, Solve!"

From:

Janos Gereben <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Moderated Classical Music List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 10 Dec 2005 00:20:16 -0800

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (52 lines)

Casting in depth (or being lucky) means that you get and then lose
Anthony Dean Griffey for the lead in Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex," but
end up with a young, talented, appealing tenor instead, and all is well
with the world.  Stuart Skelton - a Merola participant 10 years ago,
Adler Fellow in 1996 - used to have a problem with his voice breaking,
but tonight, in Davies Hall, there was none of that, not in a demanding
role.  With a smallish but well-projected voice, perfect for Faust,
Skelton even had the additional steel for a good Oedipus.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the SF Symphony paired two wildly different
Stravinsky works, the pastel-colored, delicate "Le Rossignol" and the
visceral, riveting music of Oedipus the King.  The combination of a
nightingale and a condor, in avian terms, worked fine, although something
weighty at both ends of the program might have been better.  While
"Oedipus Rex" had a straightforward concert presentation (directed by
Carey Perloff), with minimal staging (albeit with unnecessary masks and
red gloves for the chorus, which - apart from the accoutrements - sang
sensationally), but somebody went to town dressing up "Le Rossignol" in
and against faux-Chinese imperial attire and background.  "Stand and
deliver" would have been more economical, less bothersome, than Patricia
Birch's fussy direction.

MTT did better with "Le Rossignol," getting into and staying with the
heart of the music.  "Oedipus" was fine, but the excitement in the music
was not always there...  mostly not, in fact.  When Michelle DeYoung
appeared as Jocasta - and delivered a solid performance of her great
aria - the introductory music and the orchestral accompaniment kicked
into a higher, more pulsating gear, where it should have stated all the
way through.

The Symphony managed to feature not one, but two Armenian basses, both
called Martirossian (but probably not related) - Tigran and Ayk, the
former singing the Emperor, the Bonze, Creon and the Messenger; the
latter the Chamberlain and Tiresias.  Tigran is well known here, after
"Mlada" and the Glagolitic Mass, and of course "Arshak II."

Voices in "La Rossignol" were outstanding: Olga Trifonova in the title
role, Paul Groves as the Fisherman, "our" Catherine Cook as, yes, the
Cook (and Death), in an especially fine performance.  The "courtesans"
(court fixtures, not ladies of easy virtue) had little to sing, but if
they had to, each and every one *could* - Saundra DeAthos, Sonia Gariaeff,
Valentina Osinski and Darla Wigginton.

Roger Rees was the Speaker in "Oedipus Rex," doing well with the bizarre
role.  The brief, spotty narration doesn't add much to the piece, and
with the Latin text (translation provided both in the programs and on
supertitles, in examplary communication), perhaps the best thing to do
with it is to use a recording by Jean Cocteau, who wrote it.

Janos Gereben
www.sfcv.org
[log in to unmask]

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

Advanced Options


Options

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password


Search Archives

Search Archives


Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe


Archives

May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
May 2001
April 2001
March 2001
January 2001
December 2000
November 2000
October 2000
September 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000
May 2000
April 2000
March 2000
February 2000
January 2000
December 1999
November 1999
October 1999
September 1999
August 1999
July 1999
June 1999
May 1999
April 1999
March 1999
February 1999
January 1999
July 1997

ATOM RSS1 RSS2



COMMUNITY.LSOFT.COM

Secured by F-Secure Anti-Virus CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager