Tag: Schade

Purcell – King Arthur / Salzburg 2004 (3)

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Purcell wrote some wonderful music for this drama. I particularly like the frost scene in Act III, where you hear the shivers in the music. Further along in this same scene, they have Love dancing to the music with a fan – there’s something about this that picks up on the rhythmic quality of the music in a really clever and charming way, even though in a literal sense it has nothing to do with what is happening.

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Purcell – King Arthur / Salzburg 2004 (2)

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Because this is staged in Salzburg, the English dialogue of the play has been translated into German. The sung texts remain in English. You might think this would be strange, but for whatever reason, I didn’t find it jarring. And the production gets some good mileage out of the language-swapping; in Act V one of the characters begins a speech about the future glory of Britain, in English, which is interrupted by someone else reminding the speaker, in German, that the audience might not understand what he’s saying, and perhaps the speech should be in German – it’s quite funny. (And it shows, happily I think, that WWII was a long time ago.)

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La Clemenza di Tito / Salzburg 2003 / Kasarova, Röschmann, Schade, et al. (2)

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I did something a little different this time. A while back, I ripped the audio from this DVD so that I could put it on my iPod. So, rather than watching the DVD over again to write this, I merely listened to it. There isn’t anything distracting about the way this is staged or anything like that, but sometimes a change of approach is worthwhile.

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