March 27, 2012

Review of 1912 concert

David Patrick Stearns reviewed our A Very Good Year ~ Happy Birthday to 1912 concert in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read all about it on; here are some choice quotes:

With immense wit and perhaps tongue in cheek, Lyric Fest, the Philadelphia art song collective, unveiled the program titled “A Very Good Year: Happy Birthday to 1912” last weekend. […]

Discoveries began in the very first song. Simple arpeggios have rarely been more eloquent than in “Orpheus With His Lute” by the little-known Ivor Gurney (and as elegantly sung as Borichevsky). […]

Reynaldo Hahn was represented by “Song at the edge of the fountain,” which […] as sung by Marrazzo, emerged as one of the composer’s most distinctive creations.

DuPlantis had some choice items such as “In the Garden” by Ottorino Respighi, often imprinting the music with her personality as deeply as Ian Bostridge a few weeks back, but with infinitely greater emotional underpinning. […]

The crowd pleaser was Delaware-raised Miller, in her first area appearance since re-debuting as a Straussian soprano. “There is a realm where all is pure” from Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos fit her voice and linguistic abilities beautifully. […]

Do head over to the original to read the whole thing!

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