Magazine article Musical Opinion

Regent Hall Summer Festival

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Regent Hall Summer Festival

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The themes of love and death pervaded this wide-ranging programme of solo songs, duets and trios given by the pianist Malcolm Miller, soprano Anya Szreter, mezzo-soprano Ruti Halvani, and baritone Giles Chaundy at the Regent Hall in Oxford Street on 30 July.

After an unbalanced account of Mozart's La ci darem la mano, in which the baritone swamped the soprano, Anya Szreter sang three Beethoven Lieder with sensitive verbal and visual expression that showed care for the words. In three chansons by Henri Duparc she captured the poetry of the melodic line, though the emotional intensity of the poems by Baudelaire and Jean Labor could have been more strongly projected.

Ruti Halvani delivered Tchaikovsky's None but the lonely heart and three Rachmaninov songs about the temporality of life with a steady line and well-rounded tone; she produced a suitably darker vocal colour for three songs from Granados's La Maja Dolorosa echoing a woman's lament for her dead lover. …

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