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Julianne Banse (soprano) & Aleksander Madzar (piano)
Wigmore Hall 11 Dec 2006

Joseph Haydn: A pastoral song, She never told her love, The spirit's song, Piercing Eyes, Fidelity
Robert Schumann: Kennst du das Land Op. 98a No. 1, Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt Op. 98a No. 3, Heiss mich nicht reden Op. 98a No. 5, Singet nicht in Trauertönen Op. 98a No. 7, So lasst micht scheinen Op. 98a No. 9
Alban Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder

A distinguished lunchtime recital by a singer who has given me pleasure on CD since hearing her live, duetting at Wigmore Hall some years back with her great teacher Brigitte Fassbaender at the latter's last London appearance before suddenly retiring (and leaving the Proms in the lurch!). My only reservation was that her diction sounded short on consonants from the back of the hall.

Julianne Banse's Schubert recital in January had been marred by a headcold, but this week she was in fine voice, and supported by Aleksander Madzar, one of my favourite pianists currently before the public, who has been heard regularly at Blackheath in chamber music and as solo recitalist.

Hear Banse with Madzar on BBC R3 Listen again for a week, a regular service for people not free to go to the Wigmore Hall or to their radios on Monday lunchtimes.

Peter Grahame Woolf

See recommended CDs:
recital with Andras Schiff (Mozart & Debussy)
Brahms with Fritz Rieger


Credit: Wild & Team (Banse)