If you have been attending Schubert&Co.'s lieder recitals then you already know what a gift is being given to New York City's lieder lovers by Artistic Directors Lachlan Glen and Jonathan Ware, plus all the gifted singers who are presenting over 600 Schubert songs over a one year period.
If for some reason you have not yet attended the recitals at Central Presbyterian Church, it is not too late to start. There are plenty of recitals to come including one tonight at 8PM and Sunday at 6PM (at a different venue). If you heard baritone Benjamin Bloomfield last night, you will surely want to hear him again tonight, as we did and will. Amongst his four selections, we particularly enjoyed a most sensitive rendering of "Im Abendrot", a setting of an exquisite poem by Karl Gottlieb Lappe. Gone was the gloomy poetry of Goethe; Lappe is nothing if not sunny.
One of our favorite sopranos, Devon Guthrie lent her superlative artistry to a group of songs which were settings of poetry by A.W. Schlegel. The lengthy strophic setting of "Abendlied für die Entfernte" with its several changes from major to minor gave Ms. Guthrie ample time to show off her warm personality and delicious resonance.
Mezzo Kristin Gornstein was charming in a Claudius poem entitled "Zufriedenheit". Soprano Charlotte Dobbs has a clear attractive soprano, bringing to life another Claudius poem entitled "Phidile". Tenor James Baumgardner also sang a Claudius lied entitled "Täglich zu singen". Herr Claudius may become our new favorite poet.
Collaborative pianist Lachlan Glen, newly returned from Germany and Switzerland, provided sensitive accompaniment to the singers. We were so delighted by the informal style of this Schubertiade that two more recitals this weekend do not feel like too many.
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