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Subject: Re: Halloween: Operas to Chill Your Blood By
From: Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:48:49 -0400
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Sorry...Here's Leon Escalais in Robert le Diable's Sicilienne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crSXQOWhIaQ

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 2:46 PM, Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Robert le Diable
>
> Like Don Giovanni, Cherubini's Medea, and  Rossini's Armida the final
> scene has a major character's descent to Hell - in this case Robert's
> demonic father Bertram.  Then of course, there is that chorus line of
> dancing,  dead, lascivious nuns only dispersed when Robert waves the magic
> branch of Ste. Roselia - which incidentally also has the power to freeze
> frame the action.
>
> The Paris revival from 1985 with Samuel Ramey, June Anderson, and a
> somewhat over parted, superannuated Alan Vanzo allows for a generally well
> sung overview of the whole, but the power of the score really comes through
> on the brilliant acoustic transfers put together by Ward Marston on Volume
> 1 of his "Meyerbeer on Record."
>
> These samples are not Marston's but can be found on Youtube - A fearless
> trill from Leon Escalais in Robert's Sicilienne, and Pol Plancon's
> demonically elegant Nonnes qui Reposez finally a brief clip of writhing
> nuns from the relatively recent Covent Garden revival.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4uCjTq5RjI
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwehe3L6D1g
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwehe3L6D1g
>
>
>
> On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 1:36 PM, G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]
> > wrote:
>
>> Unlikethe old days of the list, I don’t think I’ve seen much in the way
>> of talking about
>> spooky or otherwise appropriate operas for Halloweentide.  I always like
>> to change up my
>> listening at this time of year to add a bit of “horror” to my operatic
>> listening and viewing list
>> and wonder what, if any, anyone else still finds themselves spending time
>> with.
>>
>> Always at or near the top for me is Britten’s “Turn of the Screw,” which
>> seems to have
>> become more popular than ever over the past decade.  As often as I turn
>> to it, it never fails
>> to give me the heebie jeebies.
>>
>> Also right up there; Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle – which has one of the
>> most atmospheric,
>> creepily beautiful scores in the entire canon.
>>
>> Some other favorites include:
>>
>> Prokofiev:  “The Fiery Angel”
>>
>> Sondheim:  “Sweeney Todd”
>>
>> Weber:  “Der Freischütz”
>>
>> Strauss:  “Salome” – it doesn’t start out that way, but it sure creeps me
>> out by the end!
>>
>> Menotti:  “The Medium” and “Martin’s Lie” (those who don’t know the
>> latter, really should!)
>>
>> Picker:  “Dolores Claiborne”
>>
>> Puccini:  “Il Tabarro”
>>
>> Also up there is Debussy's two uncompleted horror operas "La chute de la
>> maison Usher"
>> and "Le Diable dans le Beffroi" each based on a tale by Edgar Allen Poe.
>> It was Debussy's
>> hope that the two one acts would premiere at the Metropolitan Opera.  I
>> smell a movie in
>> the works!  For anyone unfamiliar with these, here is an excerpt of the
>> former with realized
>> orchestrations by Juan Allende Blin working from Debussy's manuscript.
>>
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twdviZpvvfg
>>
>>
>> There are, of course, many more, but I’d like to hear what others are
>> going for this time of
>> year!
>>
>> p.
>>
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