Thursday, June 28, 2007

Leopold, we're going

Finished watching Der Rosenkavalier (the Carlos Kleiber version with Felicity Lott, Anne Sofie von Otter and Barbara Bonney). Lots of things to like in it, but I was disappointed in Kurt Moll's Ochs. Pretty stiff and he hardly seemed freaked out by the Act III shenanigans at the inn. Otter was a great Octavian and Barbara Bonney pretty much is Sophie (the 3 DVD versions that come to mind all have her in the role).

Mildly irritated at the cuts in the score (the Covent Garden performance with Solti is the only one on DVD I know to be complete). I'm annoyed that I have to keep track of which recordings of Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Arabella, Frau ohne Schatten, etc. are actually note-complete. But that's all for another post...

Light listening the last couple of days. Listened to Strauss's Don Juan (Kempe) after watching the first two acts of the Kleiber Rosenkavalier. And last night was the Für Elise from the Complete Beethoven Edition followed by Chopin's G minor Ballade and the 3 Nocturnes of Op. 9. This morning, listened to Bruckner's Sixth (Haitink) again. I'm thinking one of the Elektras recorded off Sirius will be next on the opera listening list.

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