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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Video Fun - Hanging In There

I'm putting this earworm in a separate post because I want to post more than one clip of it. It's Osmin's aria "O, wie will ich triumphieren" from Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, and it's generally reckoned to be the hardest bass aria in the standard repertoire. You won't mind hearing it three times: hey, it's Mozart, and on top form too.

What brought this one to mind was the realisation that Osmin is exactly the kind of caricature Muslim that Tony Blair and the rest of them are terrified of. And just as imaginary.

The first clip has subtitles, good notes, and on-screen comments explaining what makes it so hard. The performance itself, by Kurt Rydl, is decently acted but the low note is rather a disappointment.

OK, now we have a performance by Kurt Moll where the note is impeccably nailed, though the production doesn't give him much to do apart from shake a leg now abd then. I suspect the amazingly fast tempo is to help Moll hold that low note in tune all the way through: it must trim about a second from it.

Finally, my personal favourite even if the bottom D wobbles a bit. Martti Talvela is a fantastic singer and I love the production. You can hear the audience giggling at around 1:57 when..... but I won't spoil it for you.


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