|Ms. Bachrach, Mr. Brofman, Ms. Beattie, Mr. An, Mr. Djupstom, Mr. Snook|
Last night we heard soprano Kristina Bachrach, mezzo Jennifer Beattie, tenor Brandon Snook and bass Paul An, sensitively partnered by pianists Michael Djupstom and Michael Brofman, the latter the Artistic Director of BASS. The voices blended beautifully--most often in four-part harmony; yet we also had opportunities to hear each member of the quartet in solo, or in duet, most notably in the second half of the program.
The 33 songs are settings of brief poems by Georg Frederich Daumer and involve many changes of moods: infatuation, rejection, pursuit, avoidance, relinquishment, succumbing, hopefulness and disappointment. Perhaps music has changed a great deal over the years but the vicissitudes of love have not. It was Brahms' genius that transformed these rhymed couplets into music of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic variety.
Ms. Bachrach had the lion's share of solos and invested each with appropriate emotion. Ms. Beattie was particularly moving in "Wohl schön bewandt" as the woman whose lover recently finds her invisible. Mr. Snook had a fine solo in "Ich kose süss mit der and der" as a man who goes from one woman to the next while always yearning for the unavailable one. Mr. An's sturdy bass impressed with "Ihr shwarzen Augen".
Our calendar is already marked for Part II on October 5th --Frauenlieben und Leben, as well as the complete liederbuch of Clara. Likewise for Part III on November 17th when Robert's Myrthen will be performed. If you love lieder as much as we do, you will mark your calendars as well.
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