Nathalie Stutzmann video stream alert

yaaaaaaay, Nathalie Stutzmann conducted Händel Messiah last night (16/Dec/2017) in Götenborg (with K.Hammarström singing the mezzo part) and it was broadcast live in cinema across entire Sweden! (they really do it right with the broadcast, her Messiah is really something, now i can’t unhear it (the dynamics, am still so sad there was no radio broadcast of it back in 2014 in Paris or in DC in 2015), especially when now listening to other conductors… In any case it is now available for ONE WEEK beginning today here!

relatedly, she also conducted the same piece 2 weeks ago in Oslo, and there will also be a radio broadcast of that on 23/Dec/2017 at 1700GMT here.

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35 Responses to Nathalie Stutzmann video stream alert

  1. thả diều says:

    commenting on own post as am listening now to near the end of the whole thing:
    1. love the trimmed down orchestra, and sound of organ and theorbo 🙂
    2. I miss the energy of Stephen Powel from the US tour. I think this bass is not quite pumping enough energy. “the trumpet shall sound” arias was like a lullaby..
    3. I *really* realllly miss the energy exchanged between S.Mingardo and Lawrence Willifort during the duet “O death, where is thy sting?”. Here they were almost not talking to each other, hence there’s no exchange! and it was just singing instead of having energy.
    4. Back to the dynamics: what i like from N.Stutzmann’s take is that you hear an evolving story. there was an example during just a run by the Tenor centered around “Behold, and see if there be any sorrow” . First was the recit leading in, then the heart-breaking “reasoning”, then he paused with another recit, then the swinging violins bringing the mood to uplift (giving hope, as M.Minkowski said). The same can be said about the arc of the whole piece between part1,2,3. Overall, you don’t feel it’s just routine, but every pause your (my) ears perk up ready and curious what’s coming up next. And that whatever comes makes sense in the small picture. I’m still working to really understand the entire work so i can work it into the very big picture.
    5. Jeah, this will just be here, i missed the heft, depth, low notes of S.Mingardo. It’s really surprising how after hearing her voice in this almost ALL mezzos sound too light 🙂 . That is unfair.. In any case, i really like K.Hammartröm’s take, so much more than with C.Rice (2 nights ago with Händel & Haydn Society in Boston). At the beginning i got hung up a bit from her pronunciation (not of English, but that pronunciation interfering with the phrasing).

    Surprisingly after knowing this piece, it becomes a bit too short 🙂 . I did really during those 8 trips learning it by heart thanks to its deconstruction by N.Stutzmann and especially the 4 soloists during that US tour.

    Will listen again during day-time to see if the dynamics might be different with a bit more sound…


  2. dehggial says:

    the video gets special points from me for the winter landscape 🙂

  3. dehggial says:

    btw, that is a good choir. Is it their local?

    • thả diều says:

      yep! the Götenborg symphony and Götenborg choir!

    • thả diều says:

      ps- but she is very particular with the chorus in all of her work: very precise marking and phrasing to create her vision of the dynamic, to be intertwined with that of the orchestra (which you should hear as well). And when she has good singers who match well in phrasing as soloists, it really works wonder. I was super happy with all 4 of them during the US-tour, though i’m liking this orchestra here more.

      • dehggial says:

        I agree, it’s a very good orchestra as well. Hats off to Gothenburg, they also have a very strong metal scene.

        I like her conducting very much, one of my top favourites; like you said entertwining and letting individuality show through when there is any 😉

  4. dehggial says:

    Ha, interesting bass, the Galou-kind I’d say, pleasantly dark but super light. A good match to Hammarström.

    (sorry for spamming you, I’m on a posting roll it seems 😉 ).

    • thả diều says:

      go for it. i’m curious to hear other’s opinions, as i have been the only one hearing her conducting live i believe, with no evidence of broadcast… (still very sad SM was not captured in a Messiah with her)

      • dehggial says:

        I heard her live with her band 😉

        • thả diều says:

          jeah! and the moving the stand to the side, turning around.. 🙂
          her band and with SMingardo in Paris was the best Messiah i have ever heard. i didnt understand why there wasnt a radio broadcast. i mean sure she does it with other kodern orchestra as well but that band if hers were breathing with her. and the choir was SUPERB

          • dehggial says:

            it’s wonderful to hear such connection between the band and the conductor! She gets a very good response here from the orchestra and the choir.

          • thả diều says:

            she does! that’s generally is the case with all orchestras that wants to (enthusiastically) phrase with her, with the exception of that one on her debut in the US…
            she gave an interview about the skill level of the orchestra players that are high enough that if she asked them to make a sound they have never done before they were able to do and willing to explore.

          • dehggial says:

            she gave an interview about the skill level of the orchestra players that are high enough that if she asked them to make a sound they have never done before they were able to do and willing to explore.

            😉 haha, good sting! But it’s true, wouldn’t a musician want to work with a conductor who pushes their limits in a good way? Would you want to do the same thing everyday for the rest of your life? How boring, especially considerind that once you secure a place in an orchestra you’re set so there’s nothing to fear but a lot of routine ahead of you if you’re not challenging yourself.

          • thả diều says:

            it was 2 separate things, but i couldn’t help remembering that event you know. It was related to the Kristiansand Symfoniorkester (Norwegian), which voted unanimously to name her their chief conductor for the year 2018, and her response.

          • dehggial says:

            how sweet 🙂 i also love her shirt!

          • thả diều says:

            hehe, turns out it wasn’t the interview i have in mind, but all the same, you hear her ideas 🙂 . i do love very much wherever she went, she really works with the people.. those concerts with the chorus, all their families are in the audience :D, which makes buying tickets more difficult for us, hihi (we were in Bergen and it was sold out! same with her last few concerts both in Dublin and in Sweden..) . In any case, if you’re interested, it’s this interview.

          • dehggial says:

            you have to be logged in to FB to see!

          • dehggial says:

            thanks! I like how it started with the bassoonist 😉

    • dehggial says:

      I see the chap is labelled baritone but he has the low notes, so he’s more like a bass-baritone. Perhaps he’d have more power in a pure baritone role? I still like him, it’s a very light take from Stutzmann.

      • thả diều says:

        he’s a litte on the “too chilled” side for me.
        btw, i like a lot how the tenor opened the whole thing from the start. Sometimes the beginning can get quite dragged out if you get a too-chilled tenor.. Also funny thing is after hear SM i now can hear all mezzo hitting saturation at the bottom in most of the alto’s arias. it sounded to me that Händel wrote it quite low!

        • dehggial says:

          Also funny thing is after hear SM i now can hear all mezzo hitting saturation at the bottom in most of the alto’s arias.

          it’s true with mezzos! I also had the same revelation and was like contralto = ❤ 😉 haha. Still love mezzos but they have to choose their rep very well especially in this rep where there are contraltos to remind us how it should be.

          • thả diều says:

            although i wouldnt mind hearing VK changing gear singing this! with the bonus of not worrying (perhaps) about understanding the religious wordings :-p

          • dehggial says:

            haha! VK and her gear changes will always be dear to me even though I’ve grown to appreciate diction a lot 😉 but I don’t know how she’d work in such a smooth setting as this, she needs more fire around her or else the gear changes pop out to her disadvantage.

          • thả diều says:

            you’d be surprised i think. it’s Händel, and conbined with her musicianship i thnk we would hear well the phrasing and forget all about the actual words.. (may be). I do like seeing Messiah performed in countries where English is not the native language because you hear singers doing more with music than “speaking English” to you. And the occasions when a singer prononce perfect English sometimes i find it disruptve actually (what i meant with K.Hammarström at the beginning here) because it’s too focused on the clear language rayher than the overall musical line (this last point is something Mingardo is superb at: at putting weight on just the right “corner” of any word to shape the whole phrase.)

    • thả diều says:

      hehe, got to the trumpet aria again. he reminded me of that bass we had for “Don Giovanni” that floated ^above^ the orchestra in Paris 😉

  5. dehggial says:

    the soprano needs very good handling which seems usually the case here, she has wldfire ping! Under lesser guidance she’d give me a headache in 5min flat.

    • thả diều says:

      actually she sounds quite warm coming out of the speakers on my end. (not like MP who can really give me a headache, i can only listen in dosage, the things we endure in the name phrasing 😉 )

      ps- i was impressed how well the theorbo was heard.. did you see it got a microphone manually glued right on it? 😀

  6. Dr.Dog says:

    Thanks very much for posting this! With 21st century tech, well an Amazon fire stick, I can see this on tv whoop whoop!

  7. stray says:

    Yay, still works! Now I have free time for a revisit before I go shovel out Greifenklau 🙂 Merry Xmas, Dr T!

    • thả diều says:

      very merry xmas to you Stray! hoping for more music connection next year, both via internet and in life :-)!
      and hope you have a good time hearing this Messiah. i actually like the dynamics and energy here better than the one from Oslo (via radio).. and of course i miss a certain contralto’s take in the alto part 🙂

  8. Ellin says:

    shhhhh – but this video is still available.

    • thả diều says:

      hi Ellin! yes, it’s still there. am hoping if they decide to take it down that they’d give NS the copyright to post on her channel. I love her interpretation of the Messiah.

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