Sound and Clouds And Thunder (8)

[Vesselina Kasarova rehearsing “Di tanti palpiti” from Rossinis’s “Tancredi” in Moscow, 2011. Clip with thanks to Denis Zaharov – There’s also the concert that followed this rehearsal. And just for kicks and because we can really need all the kicks and swagger we can get these days, here’s the take from about 20 years earlier. And yes, although I hope we’ll be able to sleep a little calmer again sooner, I’ll uphold this column for twenty years if need be.]

It’s time to gear up.

This week, we’re still rehearsing and we’re allowed to roll our eyes at the conductor and try out our moves, but next week, some people will end up in an office they should never ever even have been considered for. I still look up after readng the morning news most days, saying “You can turn off the candid camera and come out of hiding now. Yes, it was a great prank. You almost got us there. But now, decloak. Please.”

There will need to be a lot of marches and speaking up and standing up on our part, but to swagger in properly and take a stand with stance, with the necessary vigor and energy, we will have to revert to Rossini. To A LOT of Rossini.

Tancredi is worried about his home country in this aria, and painfully in love with it, and of course with a soprano, too, but as long as you have belcanto on your side, you will be speaking, and you will be heard. We’ve got triple beat rhythms and chest notes, and we’ve got enough of them to carry us through the next four years on the barricades.

 

 

63 thoughts on “Sound and Clouds And Thunder (8)”

  1. i love everything about this video! and i saw a screen cap coming from my side.
    ahh, the time when my (music) “world” was orbiting around a VK-planet.. why she retires these roles.. oh whhhhhy..
    (speaking of march, i’m planning to join 2 next week… )

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        1. no no, you haven’t gone through is ok, i understand. but me not sitting through that full Sesto is like you havn’t sit through Rinaldo.. i have been a devout VK follower and have combed almost all of her recordings, bootlegs and/or otherwise.. (well, not as much as Smorgie). And this is the absolute *must* item for all VK followers!
          (for example, i know that above clip Anik quoted “20 years ago” was VK’s entrance to stardom, where she replaced M.Horne after Horne had a dispute with the music director and pulled out, and she had to learn Tancredi in 20 days and said her voice was gone.. and that Edita Gruberova was also supposed to be there but also pulled out and they also scrambled for a replacement… I can tell you endless news of VK 😉 )

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          1. wasn’t that the one with Gruberova pulling out because she allegedly didn’t see enough star power in the event then…? (and then afterwards she did that duet recording with VK)

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          2. I think after overcoming the Annio/Servilia duet hurdle, I made it through most of it including the Sesto scenes (very good!), but then something (possibly involving contraltos?) must have distracted me from finishing it. Looking forward to watch this again!

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        2. so… Tito next, and then the Madrid Alcina? I have a craving for Gauvin setting things on fire after “Barbarina in the rain to be played at a wedding”.

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          1. Great, if it’s fine with both of you! (I seems you are quite easily persuaded to SP productions at the moment :-)?). But yes, Gauvin! And then there’s Christine Rice’s Ruggiero!

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          2. It’s ALCINA!! And unless it’s thar Geneva trainwreck not even Hammarström and Bacelli could save, that’s reason enough! And of course SP fantastic, and always a good reason. (Though you probably appreciate her even more…?)

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          3. I have a craving for Gauvin setting things on fire
            me too, this whole week.. i’ve been having the urge to have her seared off my front hairline with her Vagaus’ take of the last aria…

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    1. changing voice, changing repertory… and she talked about energy/physical stamina… but yes, siiiigh.

      (Looking whether there is a parallel march here, in solidarity, to join that then)

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      1. ps- an update: so, the march in my city is next saturday 21/jan starting at 12noon , with the event time-slot of 12noon-3pm. i’m guessing the absolute earliest i could make is 2.30pm.. If there’s a chance we could move our liveblog to sunday (?) it might allow more time? otherwise, is it ok to start on saturday at 2.30p, with small possibility i might miss.. During the week is tough for me b/c we have a visitor coming to work with us and i can’t abandon him on a short week. there’s also an LGBTQ march on friday evening that i’d like to go as well.

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        1. Tito Mistress 🙂 We’ll stand by while you ask – moving it back or to Sunday would be okay with me.

          I found out today there’s a 12pm-3p.m. Solidary Women’s Marching my neck of the woods and I will probably attend that. Warming up to the burning Capitol in the evening or the next day!

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          1. So how long did informing Smorgie take, or did you simply point to your YT channel? (though, hey, Harteros is always a good answer to that question. Or just about any question)

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          2. well.. i said there’s this Greek soprano, and Smorgie was “confused”, asking is it a new one or Harteros 😉 . so i said hang on… (and Smorgie even teased me by counting “tic toc tic toc”).. because i was debating first a picture, which of course i immediately vetoed and went directly for Lungi.. i gave both, Lungi from Brussels and Paris (Paris or Brussels? 😉 ), and after some time, Smorgie came back with “i’m gonna play this on repeat a few more times” , followed by a new subscriber to my channel by the name “smorgie”)

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          3. Isn’t it curious how quite a few of us of the deep end VK appreciation society also click with the performances of MP?

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          4. That’s OK with me, but I’ll have to miss the end again (early Monday morning). But no problem, I can finish the next day (just have to be shielded from any contralto distractions).

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          5. Sigh. Okay, but you’d make the Sesto arias at least…? I’ll put up the alert for 21:30, then, and I’m sorry we’re not managing to include you fully this time.

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  2. you know what’s fun? to watch this with the sound off (bc other things going on here) and she’s still so amazingly mesmerizing. I just grinned and grinned. Looking forward to sound ON as well. 🙂

    note to self: STRETCH before going out to kick ass (3 marches this week, and a vigil to co-lead, and a community meeting, and a workshop…holy hell what have i done…)

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    1. By summer, you’ll be running a marathon, and think you’re exactly where you’re needed most, and where you’re doing your best work (joining the parallel March over here on Saturday. I know London has one, too… hope there is some turnout. Will try to post pics!)

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      1. this WEEK feels like a marathon, and it’s only Monday! plus I chickened out of this morning’s doings because exhausted+snowstorm is not a good look on me.

        BUT! I did stretch!

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    2. Eyes once produced a “VK exercising” training video, very charming :-), and including these stretching moves. Thanks for the suggestion, let me switch sound off to start my day.

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          1. (ps- good thing is i know the meaning of “ameliorate”! when i and a friend were studying for our grad-school GRE, we set out with stacks of cards but never got past the letter “a”, but thanks to that i learned this word, along with “alcove”, “alleviate”, “altruism”.. though through my lifetime i’ve never composed a sentence with them except “alleviate” due to lack of feeling for them. not a problem when it comes to VK or a certain soprano obviously. i tell you, if the GRE contains questions pertaining to them, well… )

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          2. Ameliorate is very Traviata (miglioratevi…) – which apropos, if there were an EK added to the GRE…!
            (I memorized SO many things in school by making them about opera)

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          3. (English is a big, unwieldy monster and we are all in the same boat with it…I discovered when a prominent American translator said it took him 60+ years to realize what “prodigal” meant.

            If the GRE’s revamped its questions to pertain to certain opera singers, even I would be tempted to take them again.)

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