Maybe Robertson's virtuosity shouldn't be surprising to people versed in the ways of orchestras and who know that a conductor should be capable of filling in every part (even the kazoo) of a symphony. Those people probably know, too, that Robertson has a background in musical theater and that he is a genius.
Mr. Gruber intended for the texts to be delivered in a kind of speech-song, complete with nasal squawks and patter. You do not need a proper singing voice to perform the part, but you do have to be uninhibited. Mr. Robertson's performance was a tour de force of uninhibition.He spouted the words, performed in English translation, with crisp diction and rhythmic bite. When appropriate, he bent phrases with poignant sing-song sweetness. At times he was demonically intense, squeaking phrases like "That's how the mi-ma-monsterlet/goes dancing through our house."
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