Ow, ow, check out the chap banging out Parto on the piano 😦 so wrong. The starting tempo is too fast (what will we be doing by the cadenza? Rossini patter? – to be fair, he’s better at that point) and the setup for the initial partos is way too even and decisive. Decisive? Mr Pianoman, what the hell is this aria about? The subsequent lack of legato, the insensitive take on the clarinet line… 😦
To be fair, La Fleming is exclusively talking about sound production here (which is an interesting thing) and we all know what this aria is about so there’s not much loss. Also she thinks he’s good so maybe I’m talking bollocks. Still…
Here it is, the Tito Day of 2015.
To celebrate the 1791 premiere of La clemenza di Tito in Prague, I uploaded the second episode of my podcast. This episode is dedicated to Pato, ma tu ben mio. Instead of too much talk I thought I’d let the music speak and guide the listener just a bit via the key Partos I navigated on the way to discovering my love for this opera.
- We often hear singers talk about their roles, but most of us aren’t aware of what accompanying instrumentalists think. Today I found this snippet in which Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill talks about that
amazing gorgeous sexybeautiful moment in Tito known to us as Parto:
- In other news, let me remind you that tickets for ENO’s Akhnaten have gone on general sale yesterday. As usual I got enthusiastic and decided to go for two Secret Seats (4 and 8 March). I’m almost as curious about what seats I get as about the production! I also have a feeling thadieu can’t wait to book her seat for La forza del destino 😉
One of my nightmares is the private number call which goes like this:
Workplace: Guess what? You’re working today!
Me: What?! I have only planned this day off since bloody February!
Workplace: Says here you’re working.
Me: But I’ve done three nights this week and I’m working tomorrow.
Workplace: Dunno, says here’s you’re working.
Me: But I don’t owe any hours!
Workplace: You’re working today.
Deep breath and Parto. I’m not going 😉
…but Parto is indeed my go-to aria for when shit like this happens. On top of the weather. Yep, Summer’s gone. We’ve weather again in London. In this week: Cencic is too expensive, Giannatassio’s ill, Gerhaher is sold out and I just missed Sandrine Piau. I need a clarinet flourish. At least I AM seeing Poppea, screw you, messed up work rota (which, if I had been doing it (as rumoured), wouldn’t be messed up in the first place, but that’s another story that’s not happening). Where’s the repeat button?