|Kate Lindsey |
picture credit James Salzano
Lindsey and Matthewman started with a group of Mozart songs: the early Ridente la Calma gave us a dramatic start, followed by the charming Oiseaux, si tous les ans and a characterful Als Luise di Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhavers verbrannte. Next came Mahler's Ruckert Lieder, with Lindsey gradually deepening her interpretation as the cycle progressed leading to a thrillingly dark Um Mitternach, and a final magical Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen. The first half concluded with Debussy's Trois chansons de Bilitis, each song different but each profoundly erotic in its way. In both the Mahler and Debussy, Lindsey was beautifully supported by Matthewman's subtly idiomatic playing.
Before Berlioz's Zaide, Lindsey invited a member of the audience to join in playing the castanet part. No-one volunteered and no castanet was needed as Lindsey's performance brought out the Spanish cast of the song beautifully. A finely poised and rather moving account of Berlioz'z La mort d'Ophelie followed. Next came Rossini's La regata veneziana, three songs in Venetian dialect describing a young woman's activities before, during and after the regata in which her lover is rowing. Lindsey turned them into a mini comic opera; a real delight. Finally three of Schoenberg's Brettl-Lieder in which Lindsey and Matthewman managed to bring out the songs cabaret background, without disguising their more complex moments. We had one encore, a lovely account of an Ivor Novello song.
Lindsey sang all the songs from memory and proved a versatile and highly communicative recitalist, using her beautiful voice, with its lovely dark hints, to great effect. As ever, Gary Matthewman was a stylish and supportive accompanist in all the varied songs.
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- ETO: Mozart's Magic Flute at Hackney Empire
- CPE Bach Centenary: Florilegium CPE Bach anniversary concert
- Poised and stylish: Arise my muse - Iestyn Davies & friends - CD review
- Imaginative and unfussy: Handel''s Arianna at the London Handel Festival
- Challenging expectations: Flow my tears: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
- Pimlico Opera in Prison: Sister Act
- Fallen Women at WNO: Henze's Boulevard Solitude
- Handel's Rodelinda at the London Coliseum
- Fallen Women at WNO: Verdi's La Traviata
- In Dance and Song: Tom Poster recital disc - CD review
- Fallen Women at WNO: Puccini's Manon Lescaut
- Cantus Cölln at the Wigmore Hall