Thursday, November 20, 2014

Emmanuelle Haïm Speaks about Handel's "La Resurrezione"

The Berlin Phil posted this video interview on Facebook. When I clicked the YT video to share it, I got this message:

This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.

So I thought twice, and quite a few more times, and I thought maybe I should just leave it alone. Then I thought, "If I am intrigued enough by this interview to go to the Digital Concert Hall and pay to see the concert, maybe some other people would be, too." (I found it most interesting when she talked about the unusual orchestrations in La Resurrezione and the very operatic tone of this oratorio. It sure made me want to go hear the program!)

I also thought, "Why post it if you don't want people to see it?" and, "I hope I don't get in trouble." Maybe they'd prefer you go directly to the DCH to see the interview. (This is why I just added the link—in two different places.) 

But in the meantime, I can name quite a few people in the blog world who would be really delighted to see this interview (fellow Haïm-heads, unite!) who may not regularly visit DCH or follow the BPO on Facebook. 

So here she is, Emmanuelle Haïm and her hair (in English, with German subtitles):  


I also thought, "I haven't posted anything for a while. I'd better remind the blogosphere that I am still here!" 

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    1. Thank you! Me too. I have been lurking. Just not writing about (or listening to much) opera lately.

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  2. I'm glad you're still here, too! It was lovely to see another Regie or not Regie alert turn up in my inbox again :-) Thanks for sharing this interview, which I would otherwise not have known about since I don't have a facebook account. And now I am really keen to see the concert!

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    1. Thanks! I am glad to be of service. (Dear DCH: You're welcome!)

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  3. thanks also Rob, for sharing the video, very interesting to hear her detail interpretation! (ps- i wonder if the warning is more just what google is trying to do--taking over your life and thoughts--instead of DCH's doing..) -thadieu

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    1. Hi thadieu! I'd love to hear more than 20 minutes of her thoughts (and fewer of the oboist--although it's interesting to hear the orchestra's viewpoints, too.)
      You could be right about Google... although the BPO is pretty adamant about protecting their rights.

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  4. I don't get the "be careful before sharing" warning. Bizarre. I'm glad you posted it.

    Meanwhile, I was awaiting your take on Equilbey's Requiem but it isn't coming?? *tapping feet*

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    1. I am working on it! I've been listening a lot but not making notes (bad Rob!) About the only thing I DON't like is the amount of reverb in the concert hall.

      Werner Gura's voice is darkening nicely, the ladies are wonderful, and LE conducts with scary fire in the Confutatis, the Domine Jesu Christe (especially the "quam olim Abrahae") and elsewhere. I promise to be more detailed soon.

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    2. DUDE, YES. AGREED TOTALLY. Quam olim Abrahae I can't get enough of. Dies irae isn't a shrinking violet either. Can't wait to hear the rest of your review now.

      A couple of reviewers have complained that the strings are pokey and wiry to the point of distraction, but I don't think so. They're sharply heard and clear and loud, but nothing excessive. They get softened, contrasted, balanced out by the other components.

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  5. I'm glad you're still here too :)

    That is weird, about them posting it but not wanting people to share it. I wonder if they know how the internet works?

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    1. Thanks! I think the BPO is just super super tight about protecting their mechanical rights. They are the ones who got me booted off YT!

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