<< -- 2 -- Patric Standford MIGHTILY DRAMATIC
Katzer's music is as mightily
dramatic as mythology has Medea's danger as a sorceress. The score
ingeniously employs reeds, brass, percussion and lower strings,
instruments that can be associated with power and oppressive darkness
and, though vigorously used in skilful atmospheric contrasts, there
are times when the ear would enjoy some light! The colourful effect
can be heard in the conflict expressed by the chorus, the women
protesting that 'what do you have against her -- she comes to us as a
healer' and the men insisting that 'she is a barbarian, a wild woman'
[listen -- CD1 track 6, 0:37-1:34].
There are four strong vocal soloists.
Peter Klaveness (bass) is Akamas, a people's judge, and Annette Markert
(alto) sings the part of Medea, having found the sacrificial cave and
touched the skeleton [listen -- CD1 track 8, 0:00-0:58].
Copyright © 12 October 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield, UK