[Mahler, Rückert-Lieder. “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”, sung by Alice Coote with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, Amsterdam 2007. – clip with thanks to Tim Fletcher. — For the whole Rückert Lieder, try the very current version from last week, June 18th, from the Concertgebow, Alice Coote and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest under Marc Albrecht.]
I didn’t think it would end like this (the narrative of sticking together would be stronger, I thought, especially at this point in time). Right now, my FB feed is one outcry of disheartened and disappointed and spitting mad (as much as Brits do ‘spitting mad’). Many British friends and former colleagues in singing and in the arts overall are aghast (as much as Brits do ‘aghast’), and their (international) careers may just have gotten a bit more difficult.
In addition, the fodder for the EU-wide right-wing faction with the supremacist rhetoric of “me first, let’s kick the losers, survival of the fittest” does not brighten my day.
What will make me feel better? Listening to a few favorite singers of British or Commonwealth origin whose work, shockingly enough, also happens and resounds internationally, and often on EU stages/podiums.
Now at this point, I wanted to tie in Sarah Connolly’s 2009 “Rule Britannia” from the 2009 Proms in the Nelson outfit, just to make the point that celebrating one’s nationhood does not necessarily exclude being part of other frameworks, too (and as we all know since “Mitridate” in May, Brussels is mainly a circus of enamoured princes and kings chasing after one elusive princess), but the comment sections are — well.
Instead, I will reroot to teenage patterns, i.e. curl up with a Kiri te Kanawa recording and drink something non-alcoholic (coffee counts as non-alcoholic) and cross my fingers for the future.
[It seems all I am doing these days is revisting my former self, but then again, I don’t think I will ever fully be over this particular memory (right, towanda?). – Kiri Te Kanawa and Roger Vignoles, “Do not go, my love”, composed by Richard Hagemann (which, if remember correctly, is also featured on the “The Young Kiri” box set that I will eventually get out of storage and send to Agathe for our discussion on timbre). – Clip with thanks to Addiobelpassato]