December 2011 - newsletter 19
MRM Artists Success in the Press
Claudia Huckle - TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin - English National Opera
Claudia Huckle's Olga is a complete success: sweet, uncomprehending and beautifully sung, with real Slavonic contralto timbre.
Richard Morrison, The Times, 14 November, 2011
The whole of the Larin household is cast from strength, especially Claudia Huckle as Olga and Catherine Wyn-Rogers as Filipyevna.
Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 14 November, 2011
Claudia Huckle’s Olga is beautifully detailed, every wrinkle of her pretty nose expressive of the younger sister’s temperament.
Anna Picard, The Independent, 14 November, 2011
There are fine contributions from the British contralto Claudia Huckle, as Tatyana’s giddy, bewildered sister Olga...
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 20 November, 2011
Claudia Huckle’s inimitably dark-hued mezzo made her an alluring Olga.
Helen Wallace, BBC Music, December, 2011
Mark Padmore - SCHUBERT Schwanengesang - Paul Lewis - Harmonia Mundi recording
Padmore’s silvery, keen-edged tenor, grace of phrase and sensitivity to mood and verbal nuance are ideal here...Padmore and Lewis rise magnificently to the challenge of the darker Rellstab songs and the visionary Heine settings...the intense, aching legato, sustained through the slowest possible tempo, of Am Meer...its fine balance of sublety and devastating emotional directness...a delectable, dancing Die Sterne.
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone, EDITOR’S CHOICE, November, 2011
Mark Padmore - Focus on THOMAS LARCHER - Wigmore Hall - London - Thomas Larcher, composer/piano
...A Padmore Cycle, a set of 11 short songs written for, and with, Mark Padmore. The pair performed the latter to great effect. The settings are powerfully expressive...
Guy Dammann, The Guardian, 15 November, 2011
Andrew Foster-Williams - BEETHOVEN Fidelio - Opera North - Sir Richard Armstrong
As Pizarro, Andrew Foster-Williams offered plenty of heft and easy manoeuvrability in his lean and hungry vocalism.
George Hall, Opera News, September 2011
Andrew Foster-Williams - CAMPRA Le Carnival de Venise - Choeur et Orchestre du Concert Spirituel - Hervé Niquet - Glossa recording
This is an elevating issue…Andrew Foster-Williams on hugely impressive form.
Max Loppert, Opera, December, 2011
Jeremy Ovenden - MOZART An Italian Journey - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Jonathan Cohen - Signum Classics recording
…it’s a fiercely taxing selection...requiring by turns agility in florid passagework…smoothly sustained lyricism across a wide compass and…characterful articulation of detail. In technical terms, and particularly in his outstandingly idiomatic Italian enunciation, Ovenden proves a complete master of his chosen repertoire…I have only admiration.
Max Loppert, BBC Music, October, 2011
Ovenden’s singing and characterisations are always satisfying, whether it is the ardently heroic Don Ottavio (Il mio tesoro), the Sturm und Drang angst of Agenore (Sol può dir) or the turbulent predicament of Idomeneo (Fuor del mar…his declamatory coloratura is superb). …Ferrando’s two most popular arias, which are sung lithely and played beautifully…this recital is intelligent and refreshing.
David Vickers, Gramophone, October, 2011
Jeremy Ovenden - CAVALLI Ercole amante - Netherlands Opera - DVD
…Jeremy Ovenden, who sings him (Hyllo) most movingly.
Carlos Maria Solare, Opera, October, 2011
Marcus Farnsworth - Britten Owen Wingrave - International Chamber Music Festival, Nuremberg
Marcus Farnsworth als Owen Wingrave ueberzeugte mit ausgeglichenem Gesang, dessen feine Differenzierung ein Hoechstmass an Ausdruck erreichte.
Marcus Farnsworth as Owen Wingrave convinced with even singing and achieved in the subtle use of different vocal colours the very highest degree of expression.
Das Opernglas, November, 2011
Edgaras Montvidas - MOZART Idomeneo - Netherlands Opera - John Nelson
Remarkably strong is the interpretation of Arbace, the confidant of the king, sung by the Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas.
Biella Luttmer, De Volkscrant, November, 2011
Edgaras Montvidas (Arbace) makes a good impression with his rich sound and smooth vocalism.
Jordi Kooiman, Opera - Netherlands, November, 2011
Katherine Broderick - WAGNER Die Walküre - Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder
Katherine Broderick was the outstanding member (Helmwige) of a ferocious team of Valkyries.
Michael Kennedy, Opera, October, 2011
Katherine Broderick - HONEGGER Joan of Arc at the Stake - London Symphony Orchestra - Marin Alsop
…the soloists, both actors and singers were all very strong…there were fine contributions from Katherine Broderick and the tenor Paul Nilon.
Neil Fisher, The Times, 7 November, 2011
Sally Matthews - MAHLER Symphony No 8 - Philharmonia - Lorin Maazel
The most impressive contributions in Part Two came from the soloists – Sally Matthews and Aylish Tynan soaring ecstatically in the soprano parts...
Andrew Clark, The Financial Times, 10 October, 2011
Simon Lepper - STRAVINSKY, XENAXIS etc. - Wigmore Hall - Carolin Widmann
I was taken, too, by Simon Lepper’s piano playing for the German violinist Carolin Widmann in her unusually devised recital at Wigmore Hall. The furious splash of dissonant upper-keyboard notes to launch their opener, Xenakis’ formidable Dikhthas, had an audacious precision.
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 30 October, 2011
Elizabeth Watts - MOZART Requiem - Handel and Haydn Society of Boston - Harry Christophers - Coro recording
Elizabeth Watts is a luminous soprano. This recording comes within hailing distance of the best.
George Hall, BBC Music, December, 2011
Elizabeth Watts - HANDEL Rinaldo - Glyndebourne on Tour
...Elizabeth Watts (Almirena) who had the sheer beauty of tone so necessary in this part.
Roger Parker, Opera, December 2011
MRM Artists forthcoming highlights
Ingela Bohlin in December, sings performances of Bach Magnificat with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway.
Sally Matthews on December 15, together with Karen Cargill and Simon Lepper gives a recital at Wigmore Hall, London. The programme includes music by Purcell/Britten, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Massenet.
Elizabeth Watts during December, sings Handel Messiah on a European tour with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Laurence Cummings, including Paris, Utrecht and The Royal Festival Hall, London, and on February 25, begins a UK tour with Welsh National Opera singing Susanna The Marriage of Figaro.
Karen Cargill joins Sally Matthews and Simon Lepper for the recital at Wigmore Hall on December 15, and sings in performances of Beethoven Symphony No 9 also in December with L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-whun Chung at Salle Pleyel in Paris, and in February with Bernard Haitink and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, again in Paris, and Amsterdam.
Claudia Huckle sings further performances of Olga Eugene Onegin in Deborah Warner's new production for English National Opera in December. She also sings Olga and Third Lady Die Zauberflöte during December and January for Leipzig Opera, where she is a member of the ensemble.
Edgaras Montvidas sings in Stravinsky Le Rossignol (Fisherman) and Renard during January, for Netherlands Opera.
Jeremy Ovenden in December sings Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ with MDR Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig, and Messiah in Rome with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Fabio Biondi. In February, Jeremy sings Szymanowski Symphony No 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
Mark Padmore with pianist Till Fellner sings the 3 Schubert cycles in Tokyo in December. In January Mark sings Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings on a European tour with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, including Switzerland, Germany and Wigmore Hall, London and sings in performances of Mendelssohn Symphony No 2 - Lobesgesang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly. In February, with pianist Paul Lewis, Mark sings Schubert Winterreise throughout the UK and on a European tour including Madrid and Bologna.
Andrew Tortise in December sings Bach Cantata 140 - Wachet auf! in Denmark, with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra and then Christmas Oratorio with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Richard Egarr.
Thomas Walker sings Handel Messiah in Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim in Norway in December and then in Spain with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen.
Marcus Farnsworth on December 9 sings in Nielsen Symphony No 3 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis. This will also be recorded for LSO Live. Then in January Marcus sings Aeneas in Purcell Dido and Aeneas and the title role in Charpentier Actéon at Wigmore Hall with The Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn and in February performs Peter Maxwell Davies 8 Songs for a Mad King with the Wermlands Opera Orchestra in Karlstad, Sweden.
Stephan Loges during December sings Messiah on a European tour with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr, including Palermo, Antwerp and the Barbican Hall, London.
Viktor Rud in his third season with the ensemble of Staatsoper Hamburg, in December sings Dandini La Cenerentola and during January and February sings Figaro in Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Belcore in Donizetti L'Elisir d'amore.
Andrew Foster-Williams sings performances of Messiah in the USA with the Minnesota Orchestra and in Canada with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra during December, all with conductor Nicholas Kraemer.
Lukas Jakobski during December sings further performances of Colline La Bohème for Glyndebourne on tour.
Simon Lepper on December 15 joins Sally Matthews and Karen Cargill for their recital at Wigmore Hall, and in February accompanies soprano Malin Christensson in a programme including Schubert, Debussy and Chausson, again at Wigmore Hall. On February 17 Simon joins violinist Carolin Widmann for a recital at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam; music to include Bach, Stravinsky and Mason.