2013.12.18, Recital, Barbican Centre, London: Malcolm Martineau

Barbican Centre, London,

18 December 2013

Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano


(published on twitter by Kyoko)


Schoenberg Erwartung (Dehmel)
Eisler Spruch 1939 (Brecht), Unter den grunen Pfefferbaumen (Brecht), In den Hügeln wird Gold gefunden (Brecht), Hollywood (Brecht), Despite these miseries (Pascal), The only thing (Pascal), Erinnerung an Eichendorff und Schumann (Eichendorf), Verfehlte Liebe (Heine), Spruch (Anonymous)
Britten Songs and Proverbs of William Blake
Wolf Denk’ es o Seele (Mörike), Um Mitternacht (Mörike), Wie sollte ich heiter bleiben (Goethe), Christblume 2 (Mörike), Blumengruss (Goethe), Lied eines Verliebten (Mörike)
Schubert Alinde D 904, Der Wanderer D 649, Herbstlied D 502, Verklärung D 59
Brahms Verzagen op. 72/4, Über die Heide hallet op. 86/4, Nachtigallen schwingen lustig op. 6/6

* Wolf: Auf einer Wanderung
* Schubert: Gondelführer
* Schubert: Geheimes
* Schubert: Die Sterne

published on twitter by Minjas_Zugik

Sound bites

Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 19.12.13

4 stars

“Introducing the first encore of his solo recital, Simon Keenlyside apologised for the “suicidal” evening he had inflicted on us. It’s true that his selection was short on moonlight and the joys of spring but it was by no means unmitigated gloom. We were, though, led far off the beaten track to plough the furrows of love’s disappointments, tearful solitude and what the Germans so expressively call “Weltschmerz” (world-weariness) with Schubert, Wolf and Brahms. …”

George Hall, The Guradian, 19.12.2013

4 stars

“Keenlyside and Martineau’s understated virtuosity shone through in this sombre sequence of German and English songs…”

Richard Fairman, FT.com, 19.12.2013

4 stars

Mark Berry, The boulezian, 19.12.13

An excellent recital from Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau. …”

Neil Fisher, The Times, 20.12.13

4 stars

“I’ve not been to a recital as determinedly depressive as Simon Keenlyside’s. It was fab.” (his twitter comment)
(It’s only possible to read part of the review without a Times online subscription.)

Richard Nicholson, classicalsource.com,20.12.13

” … The baritone has added dramatic roles in the Italian operatic repertoire to his armoury in recent years. I was not convinced that the voice was entirely at home as Rodrigo in Don Carlo or as Macbeth but what was immediately evident here was his total confidence in being able to communicate to the furthest corners of a Hall which is not always kind to singers in voice and piano recitals. On no more than a single occasion during a long evening’s work was he momentarily drowned by Malcolm Martineau, and that in the first encore. The clarity of Keenlyside’s enunciation of the (mostly German) texts was impressive. For an artist well-known for the physicality of his stage presence, Keenlyside was restrained, his movement minimal, relying on facial expression often to support the words. He was the very opposite of mannered: he avoided leaning too insinuatingly on the tone or registering the irony inherent in the texts, particularly Brecht’s, too obviously. The very last sentence of ‘Spruch’ made its effect by nothing more explicit than a smile. …”

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Sue December 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

A glorious recital!
Nothing more to add except a heartfelt THANK YOU to Simon and Malcolm for my best ever Christmas present.

p.s. There is a gratifying acknowledgement of Simon’s ‘Triumphant Year’ on Askonas Holt’s website

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