IMPULSE AND SPACE
RICHARD HICKOX talks to BILL NEWMAN
at the 2001 Spoleto Festival
'I knew Menotti's music before I met him. At the age of
82 he became Intendant of Rome Opera, and he realized that he didn't know
many of the current operatic singers and conductors, so he asked his friends
who he might consider.
'Jean-Yves Thibaudet mentioned my name and I was summoned to meet
him at the Connaught Hotel in London. During the discussion, it was decided
that I should do Dvorák's Rusalka. Then I came to the
Festival here; first of all I became principal Guest Conductor, then Music
Director. In that first year I did two operas -- Janácek's
Cunning Little Vixen, and The Consul. That was my introduction
to Maestro's music.
'The Consul is his most dramatic opera. The most richly
scored and lyrical is The Saint of Bleecker Street.
During my conversation with Gian Carlo Menotti in 2000, he stated his
special fondness for Maria Golovin. 'Yes, and he also likes
The Last Savage. I haven't heard every note of every opera as yet,
but I promised him that I will try and record most of his music for Chandos.
We have already made four recordings. This could be a ten year project.
The company approves and the next to be recorded is Amahl and the Night
Richard Hickox's newest release includes Apocalisse, Fantasia
for Cello and Orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch, and the Suite from Sebastian.
The synthesis of the body of Jewish and Christian settings on the subject
of the apocalypse in the Relevations of St John comes through very strongly
from the opening bars. 'That is because the Spoleto Orchestra, who
wouldn't exist at all except for Menotti, love the man and his music.
They put their all into it during performance. They're fantastic,
world class, aren't they?!'
Copyright © 10 January 2002
Bill Newman, Edgware, Middlesex, UK
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