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  June 2006

CLASSICAL June 2006

Subject:

Take Me to Your Nearest Sealed Tomb, Skip Resurrection

From:

Janos Gereben <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

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

Date:

Thu, 15 Jun 2006 23:25:55 -0700

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (51 lines)

James Conlon conducted the San Francisco Symphony tonight in a solid,
virtually flawless, impressive, and enjoyable performance of the Verdi
Requiem.  The fact that in (much) less than half an hour after leaving
Davies Hall I became ravenously hungry for "Aida" must have been a
personal aberration, having nothing to do with the performance.

For whatever reason, I have never been so aware of the Requiem's "Aida"
settings and references, at the end of virtually each section, in the
middle of "Judex ergo," at the beginning of "Libera Me," etc., etc.
Then there was the matter of four most suitable "Aida" principals slumming
here in Davies: how splendid it would have been to hear Christine (Aida)
Brewer, Stephanie (Amneris) Blythe, Frank (Radames) Lopardo, and Vitalij
(Amonasro/Ramfis/King of Egypt) Kowaljow across the street in the opera
house...  or right here, in a concert performance.

The Requiem started spectacularly.  In this summer-festival production,
coinciding with the departure of chorus master Vance George after 23
glorious years here, the opening measures - silence becoming a far-away
sound, seamlessly - said everything one needs to know about the work,
the impact, the legacy of George...  along with Conlon's always-focused,
never-grandstanding direction, giving every element in these large forces
the opportunity to shine.  Together.

Conlon deferred to the chorus completely at the beginning, he acknowledged
George persistently at the end - and in-between, he effortlessly held
together huge musical forces, but on a human, non-flashy scale. And,
conducting the long, complex work without a score.

Balances (heard from the orchestra, close to the stagea) were exactly
right, allowing each orchestra section, the chorus, the soloists to be
heard "in context."

As the four soloists entered in "Kyrie eleison," one by one, each sounded
more impressive than the other, although their voices never quite meshed.
The closest to that were duets by Brewer (in a voice that belonged to
her Los Angeles Isolde, not the recent San Francisco Leonore) and Blythe
- the latter with an awesome performance, if with an occasional metallic
tinge to the voice.

Lopardo, who has a mixed (but mostly good) record in San Francisco, was
singing very well, his newly-cantorish tenor most impressive in "Ingemisco."
Kowaljow presented a voice that resounded, but somehow failed to project
fully, falling short in communicating the music to move the listener.

The consistently winning elements of the performance - under Conlon's
direction - were the chorus and orchestra. There are five more performances
of the Requiem, through June 25, and some - if not many tickets - available.

Janos Gereben/SF
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