Thursday, 19 August 2010

Lucerne Festival. Lieder Recital 1

Lieder Recital 1
Thomas Quasthoff baryton
Helene Grimaud piano
Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe
Johannes Brahms: Nine lieder and songs and Opus 94:Five songs.
Thomas Quasthoff is the best lieder singer of our time.
He is one of many singers who keeps the tradition of lieder alive. Yesterday at the first lieder concert of the Lucerne Festival he showed just beautiful lieder singing is.
At the piano was Helene Grimaud who has now slowly returned to the concert stage after
a long absence due to illnes. The first act contained lieder by Schumann. The famous Dichterliebe (Poems of love). A series of songs from Schumanns favorite poet Heinrich Heine.
Quasthoff sang with such beauty and longing that time and space doesn't excist.
Grimaud how ever seemed not to have warmed up before the concert.
She didn't play the wrong notes, she didn't reflect what Quasthoff was singing.
Brahms was followed after the interval. Nine lieder and songs. Quasthoff opened the second act by saying "that he and Grimaud felt the concert was a little short" so they desided to perform five songs more by Brahms which we audience didn't object to. This time Grimaud sounded much better. Why does she always play better after a interval or on a second concert??.
Quasthoff spoke to us again before the encore. He joked about the microphone not working.
"-Hallo,We have a small technical problem". He desided to speak whitout. He informed us not to cough and that the KKL staff would be collecting money for the catastrophe in Pakistan. Classicalify of course made a donation. Quasthoff and Grimaud did too.
A standing ovation was given to Quasthoff after the concert.

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