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Schwanewilms Recital

Debussy Proses lyriques
Strauss In goldener Fülle Op. 49 No. 2; Wer lieben will, muss leiden (C. Mundel: Elsässische Volkslieder) Op 49; Ach, was Kummer, Qual und Schmerzen (C. Mundel: Elsässische Volkslieder) Op 49; Das Rosenband Op. 36 No. 1; Blauer Sommer Op. 31 No. 1; Weisser Jasmin (Busse) Op 31
Wolf Elfenlied; Selbstgeständnis; Storchenbotschaft; Verborgenheit

Anne Schwanewilms soprano & Roger Vignoles piano

Wigmore Hall, 18 May 2009 - 1:00 PM

A wholly delightful one-hour lunchtime recital, well worth the effort to have gone to hear it live. Schwanewilms is an opera singer and recitalist I have enjoyed inordinately, and she did not let us down today.

The Debussy's Proses lyriques are problematic, rambling settings of high romantic (and not very interesting) poems by the composer himelf; four of them took us to half past one....

But the second half hour was miraculous; she was in gloriously flexible voice freeing her for tonal nuances in unusual Strauss songs followed by four lighter ones by Wolf. Those were given with subtly pointed emphases and telling gestures which roused the audience to acclamation and - the usual phrase, but here warranted - insistence on an encore. That was appropriately, and in complete contrast to what went before, Verborgenheit 'Lass, o Welt, o lass mich sein!', the perfect encore after the humour which had completed the advertised programme, with predictably reliable supportthroughout by Roger Vignoles.

Listen to the recital whilst it is on line (and see a lovely photo of Anne Schwanewilms at Wigmore Hall) at


Peter Grahame Woolf

See also: Anne Schwanewilmsat Wigmore Hall in 2007 and on CD