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Subject: Words I'd never thought I'd say : Bravo Maazel !!
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Date:Thu, 4 Dec 2008 22:08:55 EST
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There are some people who make your skin crawl and for me, one is Lorin  
Maazel. His podium manner, the supercilious, unctuous manner, the 'correct' but  
oh so tedious performances of the repertorie have left me ready to be sure, 
like  the character in 'Charade' that he is really gone from the Philharmonic by  
sticking a pin in him.
 
But the concert performance of 'Elektra' tonight brought out something  
different. Maybe it had to do with having to play off singers at various stages  of 
their vocal careers, but it was a fluid, beautiful performance, a magnificent 
 'Recognition Scene' , a wonderfully paced 'Allein! Weh, ganz allein" 
.....hats  off to you, sir. 
 
Ms Polaski's voice always has been problematic but she was sure-footed  
tonight, a few missed notes aside. And she knows the role so well...her foils,  if 
you will, were fine. Jane Henschel has been underused at the Met and was a  
great Klytmnestra. And Anne Schwanewilms gave us a beautifully sung if a  bit 
dramatically inert Chrysothemis. The Orestes need not be  mentioned and Richard 
Margison seemed luxury casting as Aegisth. But  the Orchestra and Mr. Maazel 
were the stars.
 
Mike
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