Friday, 24 February 2012

Tchaikovsky - Iolanta 2012 (c Currentzis Scherbachenko Markov Cernoch Ulianov) Madrid

2 Composers and 2 Heroines, Collectively Moving Toward an Operatic Light -
From his eloquent shaping of the hymn-like music at the start of “Iolanta,” Teodor Currentzis proved a strong asset in the pit, and the Teatro Real’s chorus and orchestra responded handsomely. It was a miscalculation, however, to interpolate into “Iolanta” several minutes of chant-like music from Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which slowed momentum in the denouement to a crawl. 

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The orchestra, under the expert direction of Teodor Currentzis, performed exquisitely. It surged through the mellifluous, Mozart-inflected string deluges of Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta.
Finally Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta | constant e-motion
With hindsight my overall impression of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta is that of a flawless fusion between a intellinent amalgam of measured notes and a well-timed crescendo musical climax. This is already to perceive in the overture, and the swift progression of the characters’ performances and its combination with the music makes does not disappoint. One wonders why this opera is so rarely brought to the scene. It is absolutely time to finally give Iolanta her due and get to know another Tchaikovsky, one beyond his wearily famous and beautiful Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

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The singers were all excellent, I saw it 3 times !!! - when will I get to a chance to see it again? 

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