Mark Padmore & Kristian Bezuidenhout Lieder By Beethoven And Schubert (Edinburgh International Festival)
By Louise Rodgers | Published on Saturday 13 August 2016
If chemistry is the key to good Leider, then this performance created sparks. Leider, an equal partnership between the singer and pianist, is extremely difficult to do well, so I was delighted by the way these performers drew strength and inspiration from each other. Tenor Mark Padmore was the model of artistic restraint, keeping poise and sensitivity throughout, only exhibiting his volume and tenor pizazz when necessary. The songs’ stories were told simply, effectively and without adornment – I enjoyed the contrast between the chilling ‘Der doppelgänger’ (The Wraith) and the whimsical ‘Die Taubenpost’ (Pigeonpost). The famous ‘Ständchen’ (Serenade) by Franz Schubert was a joy too, and I left humming it; a glorious start to a Festival morning.
Queen’s Hall, 8 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]