SCHOENBERG: Pelleas und Melisande; Variations for Orch. – Israel Philharmonic Orch./ Zubin Mehta – Helicon
Zubin Mehta leads two distinct personae in the Schoenberg canon, and they persist in their testing of our musical perceptions.
The music is extraordinary if a little long, the singing radiant, but can the overloaded monochromatic sets be tolerated for two hours?
A fine production of Debussy’s only and fairly action-less opera that was a reaction against those of Wagner.