S wirling currents of pretension, cheating and also self-destruction fulfill in terrible assemblage in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová (1921 ). For its very first brand-new manufacturing of the period, Glyndebourne has actually transformed this darkest of operas right into a dazzle of white light and also excruciating lucidity. Negating actual information of Czech town, church, countryside, the supervisor Damiano Michieletto and also developer Paolo Fantin have actually laid bare Káťa’s struggling frame of mind and also converted harsh activity right into allegory.
The collection looks very little and also ventilated, Káťa’s feeling of jail time and also wish for liberty accomplished by Alessandro Carletti’s extreme use lights and also high white wall surfaces that locked out the globe. 3 conventional aesthetic themes, attracted from recommendations in the libretto, are called into play: cage, angel and also bird. Magritte’s troubling coop paints, among which he specifically called The Therapist, entered your mind. By the end, these icons have actually increased to the factor of interruption. This could aggravate extra had music criteria not been so exceptional in every quarter, guided by Glyndebourne’s songs supervisor, Robin Ticciati.
The main quartet, recording Janáček’s unique speech tunes, communicated with colorful guarantee: the treble Kateřina Kněžíková, ablaze with music knowledge in the title duty, stammered in between frailty, stamina and also foolhardiness; tone Nicky Spence, preferably matched vocally to this high-lying arsenal, evoked compassion along with disgust as her downtrodden, inebriated partner, Tichon. As her enthusiast, Boris, David Butt Philip, in admirable voice, handled to be appealing, feckless and also hubristic– no very easy mix.
At the centre is Káťa’s mother-in-law, Kabanicha, ever before the overbearing puppeteer. The mezzo-soprano Katarina Dalayman mesmerised: extreme, sanctimonious and also, as the activity discloses, bogus. Aigul Akhmetshina as Varvara and also Thomas Atkins as the teacher, Kudrjaš, made a bring pair, leading a deserving sustaining actors and also carolers.
In Tony Burke’s decreased orchestration, ball game had an additional feeling of room and also brightness. Whether in loud brass batteries or limpid harp flows, or anywhere in between these extremes, the London Philharmonic Band had fun with laceration and also enthusiasm. This 2021 celebration is devoted to Mary Christie, for 6 years, up until her fatality in 2015, the thoughtful chatelaine of Glyndebourne. Her menfolk– father-in-law John Christie, husband George and also currently son Gus— might have been main tokens in this family members event. She was the inviting spirit, and also even more than that.
The various other brand-new manufacturings this period are a disaster and also a funny, Rossini’s Il turco in Italia and also Verdi’sLuisa Miller For the very first time, Ticciati has actually additionally configured 4 shows (offered to see on Marquee TELEVISION) in which the resident sets, the LPO and also the Band of the Age of Knowledge, will certainly play songs from baroque to modern, in the charming amphitheater, total with conventional lengthy period.
Currently in its 3rd year, the Ragged music festival has actually currently won a track record for first-rate chamber songs. No location will certainly ever before rather test Wigmore Hall’s preeminence for this kind of intimate music-making, the very least of all a humble canalside storehouse where Dr Barnardo established a “ragged school” for London’s East End kids in the 1870s. Numerous of today’s artists are dedicated to discovering much less official, alternate locations, whether this peeling off schoolroom, or the brutalist vehicle park utilized by
Picture: Lea ThijsPavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy In both shows I listened to, the pianists Alina Ibragimova, that run the celebration, right to producing chairs, were signed up with by the violinist Lawrence Power and also the viola gamer
Kolesnikov and also Power offered a spellbinding account of Shostakovich’s ascetic last job, his Viola Sonata, unfazed by a busted string in the center motion. (” I do actually require 4 strings for this,” stated Power apologetically, as if typically he would certainly manage with simply the 3.)
He was signed up with by Ibragimova and also Tsoy in Brahms’s Horn (Viola) Triad, Op 40. Below, the horn’s searching telephone calls are changed by the even more incorporated, beautiful tones of viola, discreetly transforming the equilibrium of this work of art. The large slow-moving motion, significant “mesto”– affecting– populated a yet more than typical moody. Kolesnikov played Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988. His option of a Yamaha piano included in the clearness Kolesnikov looks for in every information of the job’s 30 variants. Accomplishing the softest of noises, he offered the very important “black pearl” variant 25 an aerial strength, checking out every note, every silence, with logical admiration.
Celebrity scores (out of 5) Káťa Kabanová
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goes to Glyndebourne, East Sussex, up until 19 June; the celebration runs up until 29 August(*)