« »

2013.09.07 Duet Recital, Wigmore Hall, London: Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau


Wigmore Hall, London

7 September 2013

Simon Keenlyside,baritone

Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone

Malcolm Martineau, piano

Hugo Wolf     sung by SK
* Abschied
* Um Mitternacht
* Zur Warnung
* Der Feuerreiter

Robert Schumann  sung by BT
* Belsazar
* Mein Schöner Stern!
* Die beiden Grenadiere

Francis Poulenc     sung by SK
* Paganini
* Mazurka

Jacques Ibert      sung by BT
* Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte
– Chanson du départ de Don Quichotte
– Chanson à Dulcinée
– Chanson de Duc
– Chanson de la mort de Don Quichotte


Meirion Williams   sung by BT
* Y Cymro   (the Welshman)
* Gwynfyd    (Paradise)

Peter Warlock
* Cradle Song                        sung by SK
* Piggesnie                             sung by SK
* My Own Country               sung by SK
* Sleep                                     sung by BT

Show Tunes

* Soliloquy (My Boy Bill) Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein *SK*
* How to Handle a Woman Camelot, Rodgers and Hammerstein *BT*
* Sophisticated Lady Mitchell Parish, Duke Ellington and Irving Mills *SK*
* Ain’t Misbehavin’ Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf *SK*
* Stranger in Paradise Kismet,Forrest and Wright/Borodin *SK*
* Trees Joyce Kilmer, Oscar Rasbach *BT*
* If I Can Help Somebody Alma Bazel Androzzo *BT*
* Tally Ho! Franco Leoni *BT*
* Night and Day Gay Divorce, Cole Porter *Duet SK/BT*
* I Get a Kick out of You Anything Goes, Cole Porter *BT*
* I’ve Got you Under My Skin Born to Dance, Cole Porter *SK*
* Brush up your Shakespeare Kiss me Kate, Cole Porter *Duet SK/BT*
* If I were a Rich Man Fiddler on the Roof, Jerry Bock *SK*
* The Green Eyed Dragon with the 13 Tails Greatrix Newman, Wolseley Charles *BT*


Photo Gallery

Sound Bites

Melanie Escenazi, musicOMH.com, 9.9.2013

4 stars

“The Opening Night of the Wigmore season has always been the refuge from the gallimaufry of the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ for those who are unenthusiastic about such things, so a concert featuring two of the great voices of our time in a programme of Schubert and Schumann was naturally sold out for months ahead.  However, someone had other ideas, so instead of works by the promised composers, we were ambushed (strong term, yes, but the right one) with a programme culminating (sic) in “A selection of show tunes. …. ”

Richard Nicholson, classicalsource.com, 9.9.2013

” … the publicity material throughout announced “to include songs by Schubert and Schumann”! The choice of songs as performed provoked an unmistakable feeling that each singer had chosen jewels from within his recital repertoire to play to his strengths, wowing his fans as well as pleasing a fastidious audience. … Encores were demanded, and there was one from each singer. ‘If I were a rich man’ (Fiddler on the Roof) for Keenlyside (brilliantly sung and impersonated), and ‘The Green-Eyed Dragon’ for Terfel. Malcolm Martineau was a faultless partner throughout. It was a daring idea and a considerable achievement to bring three musical superstars together to inaugurate Wigmore Hall’s new season.”

Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 9.9.2013

3 stars

” … The start of the performing year at the Wigmore Hall had a deceptively end-of-term feel, bringing together operatic kings Simon Keenlyside and Bryn Terfel for a recital that culminated in a bit of banter and a lot of show tunes. The programme was varied and rewarding but, with the singers changing over every few songs, neither quite settled into his lieder-singing stride. …”

Anne Ozorio, Opera Today, 10.9.2013 and Classical-iconocast, 9.9.2013

“The two singers were enjoying themselves, teasing and challenging each other. Seldom do concerts, especially Gala Recitals, feel as natural as private performance. …”

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue October 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I know time has moved on and we’ve been hearing about the latest Don Giovanni and Wozzeck but I simply can’t stop smiling to myself thinking back to the Wigmore recital – it was such a delight to enjoy the rapport between the three performers and in particular to witness Simon relishing every opportunity offered by his material.
From their very first song Simon and Malcolm captivated the audience, eliciting spontaneous laughter and applause and Simon, in glorious voice, fully inhabited each of the following Wolf songs. The Poulenc songs were a joy, both lyrical and sensual – but if only there had been more! And in the Warlock songs Simon’s voice was as fresh and clear as ever with not a hint of overworking or sentimentality.

The second half of the recital did have the character of a series of encores but I wouldn’t have missed a single one of Simon’s ‘show tunes’. Bookended by skilfully dramatised show stoppers, the central songs were also a revelation. It was remarkable how Simon produced such a gloriously silky tone for ‘Sophisticated Lady’ after thrilling us only a few minutes before in ‘Die Feuerreiter’. And who could possibly resist his fabulous ‘If I were a Rich Man’?

It was also lovely to see Malcolm taking the stage alone to acknowledge in his own right the very well deserved applause – and what a lovely photo we have of him.
As for the reviewer who was surprisingly unfamiliar with Simon’s choice of classic standard songs, she needed only to have waited a day to find them fully listed here – sk.info never fails! Thank you.

Jane September 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

The comment by Erica Jeal (Guardian) that “of the two singers, Keenlyside especially seemed to enjoy the show tunes, which is perhaps why Terfel’s choices – including familiar numbers such as Cole Porter – came over slightly better” is totally absurd and intensely annoying!! Come to think of it, quite a few of these critics are irritating. However, these two singers are so well established and admired that they do not need to prove anything to the likes of these people, so perhaps it doesn’t matter…. and anyway I don’t suppose Simon and Bryn are reading these reviews and if they do they will probably just laugh at them.

Jane September 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Yes thanks to Sue’s steadfastness, I was there and it was a fantastic evening. Simon can sing those “songs from the shows” absolutely brilliantly. I will never cease to love hearing him sing serious music and he was certainly in great form throughout the evening, but since you picked up on it specifically Kang, I must say how much I also loved listening to him sing those numbers in the second half of the programme such as “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “My Boy Bill” and “If I were a rich man” etc.. He can adapt his voice so well to that style of singing (and that’s not something that every trained classical singer can do) – add to this his brilliant acting skills – he played to the audience so well and moved across the stage with such grace and style – all of which culminated in a performance that was truly magical. Needless to say, I didn’t want the concert to end….

Petra September 9, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I didn’t see a mic during the performance ….

Luke September 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Any chance that this was recorded? Perhaps to release on the “Wigmore Hall Live” Label? I highly doubt it, but I would love a recording with these two wonderful singers together and singing some of this repertoire too!

Kang September 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

German songs, musical stuffs, jazz…the list is full of variety! 😀 Was anybody lucky enough to be there? How was Simon singing jazz? I knew he loves jazz, but didn’t expect he’d try it himself. 😀 So sorry that I missed this recital. Bryn and Simon blended wonderfully on the Simple Gifts recording, I’d have nothing against them together singing.

Petra February 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

If any are available for public booking, they will go on sale around the end of May. But it is VERY likely that this concert will sell out to Wigmore Hall members. We are keeping our fingers crossed for ourselves! ;-(

Ulla Lundsgart February 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

Dear SK info

I have just visited The Website of wigmore Hall in order to by tickets for the event Keenlyside and terfel 7. september, but couldn´t find the event…? How do i get tickets? – Is there at all tickets to get?
i live in Denmark, so I will have to buy over the internet.

Yours sincerly
Ulla Lundsgart

Leave a Comment