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The Marschallin regrets not only the passing of the years but the inevitable transfer
of Octavian's affections to a younger woman
[watch and listen -- DVD1 chapter 18, 57:58-59:32].
It is a nice touch that the incredulous Octavian, now superbly accoutred as a young officer,
discreetly overhears much of what the Marschallin has to say. How right she is. He goes at
once to the palace of the nouveau-riche Faninal, ostensibly to present a wooer's silver rose
on behalf of Baron Ochs to the utterly bewitching Sophie of Miah Persson. Who could resist
either her appearance or her voice
[watch and listen -- DVD1 chapter 25, 80:01-81:17]?
But the Baron grotesquely overplays his hand so that Octavian deals him a corrective blow,
and he can be comforted only when Elena Batoukova as the agony-aunt Annina produces a note
from the supposed Mariandel for an enticing assignation
[watch and listen -- DVD1 chapter 35, 125:35-126:35].
Angelika Kirchschlager as Octavian and Miah Persson as Sophie. DVD Screenshot © 2004 ORF
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Robert Anderson, London UK