Friday, April 08, 2005

La Scintilla

I like the idea of original instruments. It is a different sound and texture. It's the reality that I don't like.

Yesterday at the Zurich opera I saw Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto played on original instruments by a group calling itself La Scintilla. They relate in some way to the opera orchestra. They played natural horns in a couple of pieces, once with a stereophonic effect that worked pretty well, and once with a soloist who stood on the stage with the singer. He stunk. He blooped about every third note.

If you want to play on original instruments, fine. But could you please learn to play them first. Could you, for instance, learn to play them in tune. The performance standards just drop off too far for me.

2 comments:

Christopher said...

The problem wasn't in the instrument, it was in having him play on stage. He was obviously scared out of his mind. He would have missed his notes if he was playing a kazoo.

Been there, done that.

Dr.B said...

Yes. This would be the place for the conductor and the horn section story--you are definitely not supposed to look at them when they're getting ready to play. Cuing should be psychic level only.