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2020.01.02 Schumann Song Series: Wigmore Hall, London

Schumann Song Series

Wigmore Hall, London

02 January 2020

 

Simon Keenlyside, baritone

Malcolm Martineau, piano

 

 

Programme:

Poulenc  Le travail du peintre

Britten  Songs and Proverbs of William Blake Op. 74

INTERVAL

Schumann  Kerner Lieder Op. 35

Encores

Schubert  Der Einsame

Schubert  Der Jüngling an der Quelle

 

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Sound bites

Evening Standard, 03.01.20, Barry Millington

3 stars

“…Neither Poulenc’s astringent Le Travail du Peintre nor Britten’s stark Songs and Proverbs of William Blake is an easy listen and it was brave of Simon Keenlyside to venture both…..This was an impressive and enjoyable recital. …”

MusicOMH, 05.01.20, Sam Smith

4 stars

“…The final three songs may well have been the highlight. Keenlyside began the first of these, Stille Tränen, by clutching the piano with both hands in a gesture that certainly did work, before internalising the song to a remarkable degree. In his way, with his head bowed just a little there was a total sense in which he was lost in the song’s emotions. Wer machte dich so krank? that followed was sung just a shade more outwardly, but the fragility he conveyed felt almost tangible, while the sensitivity he applied to the final Alte laute made the audience feel just how much he loved the creation. The demands placed on Keenlyside by all three cycles must have made it an exhausting sing, but he and Martineau still contributed two encores, Schubert’s Der Einsame and Der Jüngling an der Quelle….”

The Times, 06.01.20, Neil Fisher  (fee payable)

2 stars  

“…Stille Liebe was heartbreaking, and the final trio of songs brilliantly paced, growing to an affecting climax. All, sadly, just a little too late…”

 

 

 

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