09. July 2008 · Comments Off on Deliberate? · Categories: Links, Ramble

BIRMINGHAM Opera Company will be staging a production of a Mozart favourite – in a former rubber factory.

The opera group, which bounced back after a funding crisis this year, will be putting on Idomeneo at the Sherborne Building just off Ladywood Middleway.

So … you know … “rubber factory” … “bounced back” … I’m guessing that was done on purpose? Or maybe I’m just weird.

I don’t know much about Idomeneo, to be honest.

Reading more of the article:

The performance of Idomeneo will bring together a 100-strong chorus line of all ages from all over the city to perform to a modern score translated from classical Greek into 21st-century English by top opera translator and librettist Amanda Holden.

I don’t quite understand … Mozart’s opera is in Italian, isn’t it? So are they saying they dumped his libretto, read the original story, and then translated that into 21st century English?

It’s very hot here (although it’s now cooled to 91 degrees). Maybe my brain just isn’t working. I’ll be so glad when this heat wave ends. I get very grumpy in hot weather. We don’t have AC, nor do we need it; while it gets hot here, it doesn’t last more than a week, and rarely that long. So I’ll survive. But my brain is definitely on hold.

09. July 2008 · Comments Off on This I Did Not Know · Categories: Ramble

The news is not just that in Prokofiev’s first draft — shelved soon after he composed it in 1935 and recently rediscovered — the lovers defy their fate and escape Verona together. It’s this: Overthink a thing and you can smother it.

I’m not talking about the music, which as performed by the American Symphony Orchestra was edgier, spikier and more emotionally piercing than the later state-approved version. It’s as if the conventional treatment has been cleaned and refreshed; much (not all) of the booming is gone and quite a lot of the amplified gushing — these are all improvex ments. There’s a distinctly bracing quality to this “new-old” score.

Wow. He made it a happy ending? Bizarre.

But … what are “improvex ments” anyway? 😉

I’m guessing if you click on the link it may, by this time, be corrected. We can hope.