[Milton-L] Christopher Rouse "Requiem"
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Tue May 6 11:10:54 EDT 2014
Today's NYTimes has a review of this performance:
It was the opener for the Spring for Music series at Carnegie Hall. Reviewer Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim comments:
"Rouse also weaves in poems by Seamus Heaney, Siegfried Sassoon, Michelangelo, Ben Jonson and John Milton that depict death through the eyes of those left behind: a sibling, a son, a fellow soldier, a lover. Given over to the soloist — here the beautifully poised South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo — these texts function like the lone figures in old paintings of biblical crowd scenes that stare out at the viewer as if to say: “This is about you."
She singles out only one individual poem,however: Jonson's "Farewell, thou child of my right hand." Without having heard it, I can't think which Milton poem, one that would follow in the series listed above. "Methought I saw my late espoused saint" perhaps. Nobody dies in PL.
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