|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe|
We especially enjoyed the program opener, "Heidenröslein". Ms. Gonzalez told the tale of the little rose who tried to defend herself from the lad intent on plucking her; she told it with much variety of mood from one verse to the next and somehow managed to subtly convey the sexual subtext.
Mr. Glen, as an added bonus, read to us from Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther to give us a flavor of the period during which emotions were strong--joy, longing and despair infused Goethe's work. We particularly enjoyed Mr. Glen's pianism in "An die Entfernte" when the two hands alternate. The longing for the absent lover was palpable.
The program ended with the highly melodic "An den Mond". Due to artist indisposition, not all the Goethe songs were sung which gives us another opportunity in the future to hear more of the glorious partnership between two great artists--the poet and the composer.
(c) meche kroop