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The Viennese chorus and orchestra know this opera inside out, but I could wish Semyon
Bychkov did not so often rush them off their feet. The cast is exemplary, and much of the
staging is subtly planned. So TDK has a great deal to be proud of. The initial love-making
between the Marschallin of Adrianne Pieczonka and Angelika Kirchschlager's personable young
Octavian is steamy and sultry enough for any taste
[watch and listen -- DVD1 chapter 4, 7:25-8:45].
Franz Hawlata as the Baron wastes no time in making a pass at an Octavian hastily
transmogrified into an attractive lady's maid, Mariandel
[watch and listen -- DVD1 chapter 7, 19:12-20:11].
But where is Mohamed, so insistently demanded by his music? Political correctness must have
Baron Ochs (Franz Hawlata) chats up Mariandel/Octavian (Angelika Kirchschlager). DVD Screenshot © 2004 ORF
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