Artist:Berliner Philharmoniker Composer:Strauss, Richard
Time is a “strange thing”, sings the field marshal in the “Rosenkavalier”. One either doesn’t notice it at all or notices nothing else. However, something so complicated has to be taken lightly. In life we stumble into tragedy then fight our way back to comedy. This is the basis of one of the most beautiful musical comedies – second only to Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” - to which the “Rosenkavalier” regularly refers. Because Strauss was never a huge fan of the male voice, he wrote the role of Octavian for a mezzo soprano, creating the most sensuous female duet in music history. Incidentally, the latter had to be rewritten. The rule “the newer, the more dissonant” was somewhat ignored the Rosenkavalier, which favours waltzes in wallowing thirds. A Viennese waltz in a plot from the 18th century! Yet another anachronistic mood of the composer. The history is also a “strange thing” whilst this opera, on the other hand, is wonderful. It is full of life lessons!