Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Here’s my review of a baroque pastiche without the actual pasticcio – just the fun bits in between, otherwise known as Dorimena e Tuberone. There’s no plot to speak of, but plenty of enchantment and no silly island... The concert performance took place as part of ‘Resonanzen’, the Konzerthaus’s annual week of HIP, and there was also a pre-concert recital of Couperin and Froberger from Polish harpsichordist Alina Ratkowska, who is worth noting; I can think of organists in whose hands Couperin sounds eccentric, but with Ratkowska’s carefully considered playing the ingenuity of the writing came across in more thoughtful ways. And to explain the image briefly: the main concert was followed by a screening of The Night Porter – yes, I actually went to this, and will possibly never think about Dorimena and Tuberone in quite the same way again... A friend I bumped into unexpectedly didn’t think much of it (‘maybe the Konzerthaus should programme the Deutsche Auferstehung and then we can all watch The Sound of Music after.’) But I like that the Konzerthaus does things like this, it was something different. I would be totally for The Piano Teacher after Elisabeth Leonskaja’s Schubert sonatas.


  1. Around the time she debuted as Pamina at COC, Simone Osborne was looking for movie recommendations. I suggested The Night Porter but also suggested she leave it until the run had ended.

  2. An interesting thing about the Magic Flute scene is when you get to the soundtrack credits and see that it was Karl Böhm's recording. Couldn't have been anyone else really...