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Subject: Re: "The Maid of Orleans"/Jeanne d'Arc au Boucher
From: gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:17:14 -0600
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I first heard Honneger’s “Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher” in my mid-teens with Vera
Zorina and was blown away. I still love it and compare in its expressive
quality to the film “The Passion of Saint Joan” by Carl Dreyer

There is a wonderful performance on Medici - tv.

Gordon

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 9:42 AM, A Katalin Mitchell <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Odyssey Opera is presenting it this Saturday in Cambridge. Looking
> forward...
> Kati
>
>  On 2/14/18, 9:57 AM, "Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf
> of donald kane" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>     All I recall of the Honneger is its episodic nature; I have an
> aversion to
>     dialogue
>     mixed with music.  I think the works which the historical Joan has
> inspired
>     fail to match, in performance history and audience acceptance, the
> celebrity
>     that one might expect from so iconic a personage.  The fact that
> Shakespeare
>     denigrated her so (in one of his lesser works) is significant. Not even
>     Ingrid
>     Bergman, at the peak of her popularity, could come to the rescue,
> either on
>     stage or screen.  There is a painting I admire by Ingres, but that's a
>     personal
>     taste for a style of portraiture frequently derided.
>
>     dtmk
>
>     On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 6:51 AM, David Geary <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>     >
>     > >There has always seemed to me to be a jinx of some kind
>     > >on the subject of Joan in works of art. Is there a truly outstanding
>     > >masterpiece by anyone in which she appears?
>     >
>     > I think Honegger's "Joan of Arc at the stake" is a masterpiece, a
> very
>     > moving wotk with gorgeous music. It can be performed as either an
> oratorio
>     > or a stage work, when  I was first in St. Gallen in Switzerland we
> did it
>     > staged and it was voted the production of the year by the opera
> magazine
>     > "Orpheus." That magazine was based in Berlin, I've no idea if it
> still
>     > exists.
>     > A very funny sideline to that is that in the program there was the
>     > announcement "This production of 'Joan of Arc at the stake' has been
>     > sponsored by the Helvetia Fire Insurance Company."
>     >
>     > David
>     >
>
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