Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Act I of Die Walkure (Grant Park Music Festival) - 8/13/08

This was one of the most satisfying classical music outings I've had so far this year. Act I of Richard Wanger's Die Walkure (the second of four parts in the monumental Ring Cycle) was performed with passion by the Grant Park Music Festival. What's impressive this piece, and characteristic of Wagner's operas, is the way the orchestra expresses the emotions of the story. Hence, staging and scenery almost become unnecessary. It seemed like the weather was on the same page as well: the beginning of the opera's plot takes place on a dark and stormy night and was accompanied with heavy downpour; those who weathered the weather were rewarded with ravishing spring-time music, which was duly accompanied with dramatic sunshine through the receding clouds.

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