Monday, 28 March 2011

Strauss: Salome. Philharmonie Berlin.

Berliner Philharmoniker Sir Simon Rattle conductor Stig Andersen Herodes Hanna Schwarz Herodias Emily Magee Salome Ian Paterson Jochanaan Pavo Breslik Narraboth Rinat Shaham Page der Herodias Burkhard Ulrich Erste Jude Timothy Robinson Zweiter Jude Marcel Beekman Vierter Jude Richard Wiegold Fünfter Jude, Cappadocier Reinhard Hagen Erster Nazarener André Schuen Zweiter Nazarener Oliver Zwarg Erster soldat Wilhelm Schwinghammer Zweiter Soldat

Richard Strauss short opera Salome will be performed in april at the Salzburg easter festival featuring the same cast and orchestra that classicalify heard this week in Philharmonie in Berlin.
Emily Magee will make her Salzburg debut this year and this concert in Berlin was also her first with the Berlin Philharmonic. The audience in Salzburg will not be disappointed.

Magee has a wonderful voice with great intensity and she is perfect as the evil and love longing princess Salome. You get shivers down your spine when she finaly reveals her wish for her father Herodes after the famous dance of veils. Her parents are sung by Stig Andersen and Hanna Schwarz who make a wonderful couple. You need singers who has intensity and power for this opera and they've got it no doubt. Ian Paterson was magnificent as Jochanaan and I hope to hear more of him in the near future.

The Berlin Philharmonic is one of the best orchestras in Germany and the world. When you think of the former music directors who has stood before them you get very impressed.

Sir Simon Rattle is a conductor who knows what he wants with the music he performs and shows it. The clarity and colour and shape of every accent is a delight for your ears. From the first bar you get spellbound by the music and hearing music live is a great kick.

The current season in Berlin has a lot to offer. It's worth every penny.

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