Hellstenius - Ophelias: Death by Water Singing
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Label: Lawo Classics
Cat No: LWC1098
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th July 2016
Silje Aker Johnsen
Composer Henrik Hellstenius provides Hamlet with a wide scope of vocal articulation. The Prince’s voice traverses the full range, with rapid shifts from child-like melodies through to recitatives and booming, resonant timbres. This also renders him unstable. With Hamlet’s words fewer and his vocal register broader, it reduces and it complicates the character even further. Such a connection between words and sounds can be seen as an extension of both forms of expression, neither emphasising nor confirming each other.
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