Tuesday, March 03, 2009

La Mort de Marat

The ever-wonderful Kate Beaton has a comic presenting her take on the death of Marat at the hands of the infamous Charlotte Corday. The payoff is, strangely enough, found about halfway through in the seventh panel. Suffice it to say her approach differs from that of Jacques-Louis David.

She also did one about the James Joyce – Nora Barnacle letters that, particularly the third panel, just about did me in this morning. Worth a look. While I like Kate Beaton's work, let me say that there are a lot of literate, intelligent webcomics out there. The current fixation with superheroes, viz. Watchmen-mania, might disincline some from partaking of the animated arts. There is more out there.

On a completely unrelated note, why did DG reissue the Jochum Meistersinger on the Originals marque? Seriously. While the Böhm 1968 performance on Orfeo is about as good as it gets, I have to say that I always thought the studio crown had been taken by Von Karajan's remarkably intelligent and sensitive EMI set from 1970. I understand UMG wants to get some revenue from amortized back-catalog recordings, but there are probably better recordings to squeeze. Also, I'm not sure that a thirty-or-forty-dollar set is the best way to make the best out of this economy, but maybe the UMG whizkids know something I don't.

Probably not, but you never know.


At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad, indeed... I like Jochum elsewhere (especially Bruckner), but his Meistersinger never did much for me. Guess the star power of DF-D won out again.

I would have liked to see Rafael Kubelik's concurrent (and highly regarded, by some anyways) version be the re-release, though who knows who owns the rights to any of these anymore..

At 4:08 AM, Blogger Patrick J. Smith said...

I think that Arts Music has the current rights to both the Meistersinger and the Parsifal done with the BRSO for DGG, but ultimately scrapped (for Jochum and Von Karajan, respectively).

There have been attempts to get to the bottom of the affairs, with explanations ranging from the sinister to the mundane. I would like a definitive history of the recordings, but I am not sure how many of the principals are still alive – to say nothing of Arts and DGG execs.

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