Here are three very different excerpts from the prologue to Kurt Weill‘s “Seven Deadly Sins.” (You can hear it performed live in Carnegie Hall at Spring For Music by Storm Large and the Detroit Symphony, Thursday May 9, 2013)
Three very different approaches here. Obvious a disagreement over tempo. But note the difference in the quality of the singers’ voices – not so much in terms of which is better than the others, but the kind of voice each is. What are those differences? How does the slow tempo of the second example change the music? Does it work? What were the performers trying to accomplish by slowing it down? Again, come up with three words to describe each performance. Be specific.
Teresa Stratas – Kent Nagano conducting the Lyons Opera Orchestra (Peter Sellers, directed this 1993 production