Music-lovers of the 19th century had neither recordings nor radio but they had the right idea, as does the Artist Series of Sarasota, and, to start its new music season, it invited to one of Sarasota’s most marvelous homes, a group of musical friends for good food and entertainment — returning chamber music to the “chamber” in which it’s meant to be heard.
That’s how we attended the recent “Schumanniade,” a concert of vocal chamber music by the great Robert Schumann, performed by a quartet of charming singers with pianist Therese Lindquist.
From the opening and closing ensemble pieces excerpted from the “Spanisches Liederspiel” (Spanish Songbook), through well-chosen bits of individual cycles by both Robert and Clara Schumann, it was a time of stunning music-making.
In this setting, great vocalism is less important than musicianship and intellect. And all the musicians, excellent performers each, stepped us back two centuries to a time we envy for its tranquility, ambience and gentility.
The standout singer among the four was mezzo Amanda Crider whose way with a trio of songs by the underestimated but estimable Clara Wieck Schumann showed both personality and vocal magnetism.
Tenor Robert B. Dundas gave a musical voice to “Waldesgespraech,” “Die Stille” and the beautiful and the well-known “Mondnacht” from the Opus 39 set of “Liederkreis.” Soprano Esther Jane Hardenbergh chose three songs from “Frauenliebe und Leben” (A Woman’s Life and Love), one of the greatest cycles of illustrious poetry set to music there is, and performed them with charm and pathos. And the two songs performed by baritone John Thomasson — “Aus den hebrischen Gesaengen,” a riveting, chromatic and rarely heard work with a gorgeous text by Lord Byron, and “Requiem,” based on a Roman Catholic poem — were gems in this beautiful setting.
Vocal chamber music is an exalted musical experience because it combines great music with distinguished poetry. In this setting it was, simply, sublime.
— June LeBell
Currently 0 Responses
5 Fall Music Series
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6 Fuzion Dance Artists Behind the Curtain with Larry Keigwin of Keigwin + Company
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
7 The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota & The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Present Public Art & Backstage Tours
10:00 am - 11:30 am
10 "Jazz at Two" with Eddie Tobin
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Golfer sees swinging success
Longboat Key resident Arlene McKitrick celebrated her 200th golf championship win this week at Sara Bay Country Club in an FSGA event.
Mote receives NOAA grant
Mote Marine Laboratory recently received a $99,615 grand for its dolphin and whale rehabilitation efforts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Correction: Heitlers to net 75 years in April
In its Sept. 18 issue, the Longboat Observer featured Plymouth Harbor resident George Heitler, a lifelong tennis player who has played tennis for most of his 99 years and is a regular at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.