Midweek mezzo distractions for yours truly lazy
Today’s Le concert de l’après-midi on France Musique was Vesselina Kasarova’s Dusseldorf lieder recital from earlier this year. Yay! I feel a bit better, as the Paris recital1 was going to be similar. I liked the sound of her Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky even better than her Schumann and Brahms. Russian wistfulness… I wouldn’t mind an entire recital of that. I seem to be getting lyrical in my “old age”.
two traditional Bulgarian songs: I wasn’t acquainted with her Bulgarian stuff but it turned out to be some of the best in the programme – so-lyrical-it’s-abstract kinda thing (for lack of vocabulary on my part).
Con l’ali di constanza: I don’t really rate her Ariodante but I do love her version of this aria2. Some statement to her wide emotional palette that she can convey delirious joy as well as deep melancholy. I can’t decide which one she’s better at. Anyway, I love how the coloratura starts about 3 seconds in and pretty much doesn’t stop. Good job Rémond for picking it.
three Moravian duets (by Dvořák) with Grubi: they always sound good together, like two gingerbread people on the Christmas tree 😉
Smanie implacabili!: I confess I don’t get her Dorabella. It’s not funny3, she’s like (straight-up) OMGOMGOMG!!!! Maybe I need to expand my horizons in regards to Dorabella? I am rather glib about Così, I always expect it to be “an uproarious romp” and dismiss any possibility of deeper feeling. I found it interesting that out of everything else on her Mozart album Rémond picked this one. I was crossing my fingers for her excellent Il tenero momento but I guess my powers of telepathically influencing radio programmes were fuzzy today 😉
… that’s pretty much what I did all day. I just remembered I forgot to book tickets to Un ballo in maschera. Ooops. Can I be bothered?
- The performance I unluckily had a ticket to and which was cancelled along with the entire Lundis Musicaux season… I’m not bitter. ↩
- I like Con l’ali… even better than Dopo notte. Ariodante arias quick chart: Con l’ali di constanza, Dopo notte, Polinesso stuff, Scherza, infida, other arias. Bonus: it’s a great workout tune. For those days when I’m not lazy. ↩
- After paying attention to it for 5 times in a row I think maybe it is funny and it’s my sense of humour that needs a bit of sharpening. Maybe I just confused myself :-D ↩