Some of Scholl's most beautiful singing was in "Dido's Lament" and that mysterious masterpiece "Music for a while" (I never knew that this was a song written for a priest calling up the ghost of Laius in a play about Oedipus by John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee). He even repeated the latter as an encore, and sang it even more lusciously the second time. But in these, too, there was no specific projection of meaning or feeling. "Remember me," Dido demands at the climax of the aria. But Scholl's version had no climax. "Music for a while/Shall all your cares beguile," the song goes. What does it mean to "beguile"? He might just as well have been singing "revile" or "defile" or "re-file." This wouldn't be important if Scholl didn't have so much intelligence and musicianship going for him. But since he does, it's bewildering and sad. And important.

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