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Schumann & Lachner

Schumann Dein Angesicht; Lehn deine Wang; Es leuchtet meine Liebe;
Mein Wagen rollet langsam; Liederkreis Op. 24
Lachner Die einsame Träne; Im Mai; Das Fischermädchen; Die Meerfrau; Ein Traumbild

Mark Padmore tenor & Kristian Bezuidenhout piano

[R, still from masterclass at Holland Festival - in English]

Wigmore Hall, 6 December 2010

A best kept secret?*

Occasionally, one has the pleasure of hearing a recital with fortepiano specially brought into Wigmore Hall. Audiences usually enjoy the (still !) novelty. No clue however for this BBC lunchtime recital in the advance information and there was not even an announcement to tell us about the imposing instrument on stage that Kristian Bezuidenhout was to play.

Whatever, it was a joy, and the softer-toned piano (inspection showed that it was by H B Streicher) blended perfectly with Mark Padmore's tenor in repertoire they have recorded together [Harmonia Mundi HM 907521].
Their programme began with a group of songs which were discarded from Dichterliebe as published. A group by Lachner (1803 – 1890, a far from negligible contemporary of Schumann's, was a welcome change from the lieder "standards".

Peter Grahame Woolf

*Hear this recital on BBCR3 iPlayer - but do not expect any background or explanation except, at the very end, the R3 presenter quotes Bezuidenhout as having said that they bring "a totally different dimension from the usual big baritone and Steinway sound" !

And try for Bezuidenhout playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 in C major at Kings Place on New Year's Eve

And see also our CD review of Bezuidenhout playing Mozart piano sonatas [Editor]