Franz Welser-Möst on “Der Rosenkavalier”
published in: Opera
|Der Rosenkavalier 2014 • Mojca Erdmann, Sophie Koch, Krassimira Stoyanova (Photo: SF / Monika Rittershaus)|
is a finely spun web dealing with farewells and their inherent melancholy. Hofmannsthal and Strauss wanted to create a new style, aligned with the spirit of Mozart and definitely part of neoclassicism, as Karl Böhm showed so impressively in his interpretations of Strauss’ music. The authors rejected all forms of sentimentality and late-romantic floridity, even in this treatment of the ‘passing of time’. The expressive clarity and the noblesse, the composure of the main figures, especially of the Marschallin, were of the utmost importance to them. Thus, Strauss wrote after the first series of performances that he did not want Baron Ochs to be primitive, but rather a 35-year-old Don Juan, an Imperial Chamberlain who has gone slightly ‘rustic’.”
For the first time in the history of the Salzburg Festival, Der Rosenkavalier will be performed without any cuts.