He has a rather different sort of voice, just as well-schooled but with a juicier, more plangent tone that he uses to achieve the expressive effects and vocal colors that make his style so arresting.
He creates a tone that is, appropriately, melancholy and plangent ; at times quite painfully beautiful.
The blend of music theatrical ebullience, popular styles, and evocative, plangent tone pictures about the legendary 4th century saint evinces much of the best of his early style.
In outline, his play sounds like plangent melodrama.
As the guitar's tone is intrinsically less plangent than the oboe's, the character of the music is greatly altered in this work too.
His Orestes is a confused, grandstanding jock, intoning his lines with stentorian plangency .
‘I'm a great disappointment to tabloid journalists,’ he says plangently .
A plangently beautiful, one-off version of Annensky called ‘Black Spring’ merits quoting in full, but I will give just five lines of it.
He was lecturing American editors the other day and observing plangently that ‘we're more trusted by the people who aren't reading us'.
Theatricality rather than reality is the keynote of his production, a point symbolised by the constant background music of Latenas Faustas, which varies from fairground jauntiness to pianistic plangency .