Friday, November 03, 2006
Tonight: A Concert with Karita Mattila
Tonight: Karita Mattila sang Strauss' Last Four Songs at Carnegie Hall. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Orchestra played Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54 (1939) and Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier Suite.
First the orchestra: I didn't know that pianissimo could be so pianissimo. The strings were so soft and delicate that the proverbial pin could have been heard had it been dropped in the house. I had not heard Shostakovich performed live and I have been forever converted to fandome. The Der Rosenkavalier Suite was exquisite. I do believe I heard Susan Graham's Octavian singing along in my head. At one point, the waltz was so incredible that I wanted to don a ball gown and dance to my heart's content.
Now the soprano: Karita Mattila is tall, tan, Marilyn Monroe blonde, regal, beautiful, outrageous, glamorous...she wore a sleeveless purple gown and huge diamond bracelets. And oh, she can sing. Her voice pours like honey and her top notes are pure sweetness. She sang Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder beautifully, almost perfectly. The loss in perfection came only when her low notes were covered by the orchestra. Still, she conveyed the beauty of the lieder with sweeping sensitivity and elegance.
It was my first visit to Carnegie this season and it felt good to be home. After, Sally and I went to the Journeys bar at the Essex House where we were treated to a view of Eurotrash couples dressed completely in leopard print...it was quite a site.