Album Review

Sciarrino, Salvatore – “Lohengrin” – [Col Legno]

Thurston Hunger   3/3/2011   A Library, CD

Two shorter works precede Sciarrino’s opera for Lohengrin. “Vento
d’ombra” has violins playing tag, tense and muted trumpet from
Giampaolo Mazzamuto creeps in. “Due notturni crudeli” rides on
piano high plinks and low rolls from Alfonso Alberti. Then the
featured opera, which like the first two pieces has plenty of
space. Sciarrino is evidently a minimalist of sorts. Moreso, with
Marianne Pousseur’s soprano sounded more like one flew over the
cuckoo’s nest than any rainbow. She gets these thump gulps, and
then speaks trancey italian phrases, very witchy. She mutters,
and sputters, shrieks. Fantastic. Without supertitles or even
stage sights, it’s all very speaking in tongues. Closer to the
Starfuckers’ “Sinestri” than your grandparent’s matinee. Great
reed whipporwilling and orchestral pounces at times. Evidently
the libretto is that of a virgin corrupted and spurned by her
husband, I believe his lines are Pousseur deadpanning in a deeper
register here, the husband, Lohengrin, like too many men, leaves
his wife on a pillow that metamorphs into a swan. Definitely
a flip to Wagner’s script seeing the man’s side (and also his
Lohengrin gave us the common melody for “Here Comes The Bride.”)
Turns out the bride was something Elsa! Fans of Jarboe, Shelley
Hirsch and other loony brunettes and blond bombs might dig!

-Thurston Hunger

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