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Subject: Hmmm.....Die Walkure....
From: Monique Musique <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 3 Apr 2004 15:03:39 -0500
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Levine started out with a wonderful tempo, but then maddeningly slowed
down to a snail's pace and rather stayed that way throughout the act.  The
orchestra played beautifully.  Voigt's voice is, as usual, very pretty but
monotonous.  (She's been around about 14 years now, isn't about time she
learned how to shade the voice or display SOME interest in the words??)
Domingo sounds pretty good.  Neither one has very good German.  I think
Domingo would want that final note of the act back!  Sergei Koptchak is a
good but somewhat dismal-sounding Hunding, a bit droopy for my tastes.

Eaglen sounds fine in her entrance...first trill skimmed over, the second
better, but she is in good voice, that you can tell.  James Morris, again,
sounds uncommonly good for his age.  Is it Geritol, Wheaties or Viagra??
Whichever it is, he is doing well in this cycle.

Maybe it's just me, but I really miss hearing Wagner conducted the way
Bohm, Furtwangler and Krauss did it...decently brisk tempi, everything
flowing and knitted together well, an ebb and flow to the music.  Anyone
else feel the same way?  Or is it pretty unanimous here on the list that
Levine is setting a new gold standard?

Monique

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