|'Cool Art ' Murnau Civic Centre|
'Cool Art ' on the walls of the Murnau Civic Centre
We went along to the Kleines Theatre for a production of the Stauss classic operetta, Die Fledermaus. While some of the voices were a little uneven, the performances were given with great gusto and good humour and Rosalinde particularly commanded the stage in an impressive manner. The sprechstimme syle of the Rosalinde's lover, Alfred, a singing teacher brought a comic nuance to the role that was hilarious and would have been sufficient to persuade us to stay for the second half were it not for one aspect of the production. The abscence of a piano didn't augur well and indeed the production lacked any live accompaniment and while I can understand and sympathise with the budget constraints on small companies , the backing tracks used were very unappealing, sounding as if they were produced by strangled accordions rather than any real instrument. Could we really be in the summer retreat of one Richard Strauss , one of the pillars of the Romantic music and in the country of the giants of Western classical music tradition. A good student pianist would have been infinitely preferable and being a not inconsiderable proportion of the audience we quietly left.