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P Stumpf
# Posted: 24 May 2009 21:34

Barenboim led a vivid and beautiful account of "Das Lied von der Erde". My expectations for Klaus Florian Vogt were high, and mostly met. The voice is strong and has exceptional beauty of tone; there was not straining or audible effort, as is the case with many tenors singing these songs. As a result, however, Vogt was occasionally covered by the orchestra (at least from where I sat in Balcony row E - I'd be interested in hearing how he sounded in the Parquet). Michelle DeYoung, exceptionally good throughout this series, was again superb, and the audience even kept quiet for a decent interval after her last evanescent "Ewig..."

A strongly played Adagio from the Tenth Symphony started the evening, though I have heard the anguished central climax played more seeringly.

William Zucker
# Posted: 25 May 2009 02:17

Paul, thanks fo your review.

I'm surprised about Barenboim, considering that I didn't like any of his performances that I heard. I would be interested in what others thought in this regard.

I have never heard Klaus Florian Vogt. From your description, it sounds like he would be more at home in some of the later songs such as the Ruckert group, or perhaps even the Kindertotenlieder. The three movements in Das Lied involved would call for a much more robust voice, especially in movements 1 and 5, but I think actually in 3 as well.

As I may have mentioned, I already have heard Michelle De Young in this work a few years ago, accompanied by David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony, and was absolutely enchanted with her delivery. Her facial expressions, which seemed to go along with everything heard, matching with it exactly, were a delight to watch, a classic case of acting the part as well.

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