domingo, 3 de outubro de 2010

A Flauta de René

Eis uma leitura crítica de A Flauta Mágica, d'après Jacobs:

«This new Zauberflöte is likely to cause controversy on a number of fronts. Believing Emanuel Schickaneder's text to be the equal of Mozart's score, René Jacobs has recorded the dialogue complete, albeit with his own twist. His argument is that in early performances, the orchestra would have supplied sound effects throughout, and some of the dialogue would have been accompanied by musical improvisation, whether from Tamino's flute, Papageno's pipes or vocalises by the singers on stage, or from a fortepiano in the pit. In practice, however, it sounds fussily postmodern. The flute and pipes convince, the keyboard commentaries do not, and prove distracting. The three ladies keep adding bits that sound like Berio, while the effects – which include a Tardis-style throb to accompany the Queen of the Night's appearances – deploy a far bigger percussion section than any that would have been used in Mozart's day. Wonderfully spoken, it's variably sung, with Anna-Kristiina Kaapola's Queen and Sunhae Im Papagena more sharply characterised verbally than in song. The star is tenor Daniel Behle, whose Tamino is the finest on disc since Fritz Wunderlich. Jacobs opts on occasion for exaggerated speeds, whether fast or slow. The playing is excellent»

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