I have been digesting Berlioz’s Les Troyens. (Imagine a mid-sized python swallowing an office chair. It was kind of like that.)
This weekend’s project will be one of two DVDs of Entführung and possibly some Strauss. And I may end up complaining a little more about Emma Kirkby.
There is also this recording of Ariadne auf Naxos, which is in English (so I guess it’s Ariadne ON Naxos) and even though Stephen Fry is the Major-Domo, I am still going into it with a certain amount of skepticism. I listened to the ‘Bourgeois Gentillhomme’ suite (it’s the ‘filler’ since the opera isn’t really two discs long) already and that was quite good, so I think that the thorniness, if there is thorniness, is going to be conceptual rather than musical. I am capable of being convinced of all kinds of things, but I’m not sure yet whether Strauss in English is one of them.