Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Hugues Cuénod sings Wozzeck

......or rather, The Captain. And in Italian. But once you get your head around Tito Gobbi as Wozzeck, you appreciate Cuénod's hyperbright singing. This Captain really is lit by the "unearthly glow of madness", preternaturally high pitched and brittle. Listen to that machine gun staccato ha ha ha. The laugh of a psycho.. This Captain is madder than Wozzeck, madder than the Doctor, but he holds a position of authority and orders others about.  It's Rome, 1954, and Cuénod is only 52, in his prime.

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