Matthias Goerne/Leif Ove Andsnes – review + MORE Jan 9th

 

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Matthias Goerne/Leif Ove Andsnes – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonA programme that alternated songs by Shostakovitch and Mahler made for a bitty experienceShostakovich much admired Mahler, and we regularly find their music programmed together. But can – and should – their works be interwoven, rather than performed side by side? Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes clearly think so…

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Goerne Andsnes Mahler Shostakovich Wigmore Hall

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Goerne Andsnes Mahler Shostakovich Wigmore HallAt the Wigmore Hall, London, Matthias Goerne and Lief Ove Andsnes performed Mahler in a unique programme built around Shostakovich’s  Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti op 145 (1974). Who but Goerne would dare such an eclectic juxtaposition, framing six songs from Shostakovich’s eleven song cycle with songs drawn from Mahler’s entire output, each of which presents formidable challenges? Most singers would pale at the very prospect of singing songs from the Rückert Lieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Kindertôtenlieder, and transcriptions from the symphonies, but by throwing Shostakovich into the mix, Goerne drew out new perspectives in both Mahler and Shostakovich…

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Mutter and Orkis in a 25th Anniversary Gambol

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 Lutoslawski, Schubert, Penderecki, Previn, Saint-Saëns: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Lambert Orkis (piano). Carnegie Hall, New York City. 14.12.2013 (DS) Lutoslawski: Partita for Violin and Piano (1984) Schubert: Fantasie for Piano and Violin in C Major, D. 934 (1827) Penderecki: La Follia for Solo Violin (2013; World Premiere) Previn: Sonata for Violin and Piano No…

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Wigmore HallMahler – Ich atmet’ einen linden DuftShostakovich – Morning Mahler – Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen Shostakovich – Separation Mahler – Es sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang; Das irdische Leben; Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen; Wenn dein Mütterlein; Urlicht Shostakovich – Night Mahler – Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen Shostakovich – Immortality; Dante Mahler – Revelge Shostakovich – Death Mahler – Der Tambourg’sell Matthias Goerne (baritone)Leif Ove Andsnes (piano) This was in almost all respects a distinguished recital, at least as much for Leif Ove Andsnes’s playing as for Matthias Goerne’s singing; indeed, had I to choose, I should say that Andsnes was on even better form, quite rightly seeming to have lavished just as much consideration on the recital as he would, had it been a solo performance…

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Turd polished

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‘I’d rather be the hero,’ sighs Placido Domingo

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‘I’d rather be the hero,’ sighs Placido DomingoHe’s in Vienna to sing the elderly Doge in Verdi’s early opera, I due Foscari. Asked about his role as a father who ruins his son’s romance, Domingo, 72, let slip a rare regret about his change of register. ‘The good thing about being a tenor is that you’re always the good guy…

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Alternating songs by Mahler and Shostakovich, this recital took death as its theme, with ultra-sensitive performances from bass-baritone and pianist

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Shostakovich Songs Pale Beside Mahler’s

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 Mahler and Shostakovich: Matthias Goerne (baritone), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 7.1.2014 (MB) Mahler – Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft Shostakovich – Morning Mahler – Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen Shostakovich – Separation Mahler – Es sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang Das irdische Leben Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen […]

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Prognosis negative

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Prognosis negativeWhich opera rag has just done away with its new publisher, less than three months after a much-publicized hire?

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Used Bin Troll Tweets E.

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Used Bin Troll Tweets E.Ethelbert Nevin[January 2014.]André JOLIVET: Symphony No. 3 (1964)1; Piano Concerto (1949-50)2; Cello Concerto No. 1 (1962)3. Lucette Descaves2 (pno), André Navarra3 (vlc), Orchestre National de France1,3, André Jolivet1,3 (cond.), Orchestre Radio-Symphonique de Strasbourg2, Ernest Bour2 (cond.). Solstice SOCD 81 (1 CD) (http://www…

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