Magazine article Musical Opinion

Temps Cortre Temps-The Mozart Legacy

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Temps Cortre Temps-The Mozart Legacy

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The recital at the Purcell Room on 18 April by Dominque Hellsten, soprano, ,and David Roblou, piano and harpsichord, promised rather more than it actually delivered. There is no justification whatsoever for a soprano to sing Mozart's Masonic Cantata Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schopfer ehrt, it is still performed in German and Austrian Lodges by tenor or high baritone, for which alternative voices Mozart wrote it. One might just as well have a tenor sing Octavian. So far as Mozart was concerned, Freemasonry was a male preserve, and we should not presume to know better than him. Dominque Hellsten's account showed that her voice is not consistent throughout its range, certainly not below A, and the initial tempo was far too fast for such a solemn piece. In deciding to replace the Purcell Room Steinway with a Bosendorfer, by no means an unworthy decision, David Roblou might have ensured that his instrument was properly tuned. …

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