Singers take the Lied at the Edinburgh Festival
An Askonas Holt weekend of song at the Edinburgh Festival was beautifully launched by Angelika Kirchschlager, with Helmut Deutsch, to a packed and rapturous Queen’s Hall, in a programme of Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. Carol Main of The Scotsman said that Kirchschlager “transport[ed] her large and appreciative audience to another world”.
That evening in the Usher Hall, Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau, Festival favourites, presented a generous programme of Mahler, Duparc, Fauré, Strauss and Schubert. Simon Thompson of seenandheard.com summed it up as “A superb recital from an extraordinary pairing” a sentiment which was echoed vociferously by the enraptured audience.
The next day, again in the Usher Hall, Magdalena Kozena and Yefim Bronfman brought the weekend of song to a triumphant conclusion with a programme of Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Bartok. Kenneth Walton of The Scotsman wrote that “Kozena’s ability to capture the essence of the music and communicate it intimately in such a large space was remarkable.”.
Congratulations to all involved!