Thursday, January 19, 2006

Traviata travesty

I couldn't resist the title. Mea culpa.

Sieglinde points to this review. Seckerson also penned, in Gramophone, the best quote regarding Mahler - ever: "Requiem for a fashion victim."

This quote is particularly pithy: "We certainly got big and charismatic with the Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic as Germont senior. A fine voice. But what of the long-breathed, enriching legatos that at least hint at the compassionate soul beneath the stern patriarch? Lucic's stolid phrasing suggested all the compassion of a tax inspector."

As I said this evening, history only remembers two groups: triumphant successes and spectacular failures. Thankfully, Mr. Seckerson is there for the latter.