Friday, June 7, 2013

Super-Sized Gratuitous Friday – Gerald Finley Sings Schubert at Wigmore

Gerald Finley, baritone
Julius Drake, piano

Live from Wigmore Hall
January 15, 2013
Vocally, the bass-baritone was on fine form, rising above an occasional slight throatiness lower down and the odd moment of insecurity in his softer singing to deliver quality tone deployed with a full range of colour and dynamics. 
After conveying the simplicity of Schubert's blind boy (whose tapping stick was highlighted by Drake), the perverse malice of his dwarf and the spiritual stoicism of his monk left behind by the crusaders in Der Kreuzzug, Finley pulled off a virtuoso display in Erlkönig with four clearly defined characters – the narrator, the father, the doomed son and the Erl-King himself – bringing the first half shuddering to a close. 

Der Strom 
Der blinde Knabe 
Im Frühling 
Grenzen der Menschheit 
An Schwager Kronos 
Der Zwerg 
Der Schiffer 
Der Kreuzzug 
Der Einsame 

Part 2 (Mahler) here

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