Joined: 30 Oct 2004
|Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:47 pm Post subject: Review Munich
|Bryn, the Welsh Bard
by Marie von Baumbach
Wiener Zeitung 19 June 2007
The audience in the Herkulessaal in Munich greeted Bryn Terfel enthusiastically. The perhaps greatest bass-baritone of our time is a rare visitor. Bryn Terfel is father of three sons (12, 8 and 6 years old), and his family is sacred to him, more important than e.g. Bayreuth. He does not sing there because his children are then on holiday. Terfel is mainly performing in his homeland Wales and in London. He has made an exception for three concerts in Munich, Hamburg and then Dresden with the Dresden Sinfonikern. Bryn Terfel has everything that one needs for stardom: A warm colourful voice and an incomparable stage presence which let each aria become a true stage event. He sang arias from “Le Nozze di Figaro”, “Falstaff”, “Carmen” and excelled in the second part with the “Dutchman-monolog”, followed by Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”. One could have watched and listened for hours. He has so much humour. He can be tender and warm-hearted, shows the force of a Hercules where it is necessary and interprets each libretto with instinct and expression. A natural feeling for phrasing, intonation and dynamic shades make his singing come alive. He sings so musically effortless that he sometimes inserts self-willed speed variations, particularly as a virtual playful Escamillo in Bizet’s “Carmen”. Unfortunately the soprano Barbara Krieger did not match Terfel. While Terfel provided the atmosphere, she tried to cover the melancholic repertoire with arias from “IL Trovatore” “Tannhäuser” and “Porgy and Bess”. She has presence for sure, but adds too much air to her tones and sings often scruffy. The Dresdens Sinfoniker under Gabriel Feltz convinced particularly with Puccini’s “Intermezzo” from “Manon Lescaut” while Wagner’s “Overture of The Flying Dutchman”, otherwise seemed too rushed.
Bryn Terfel (Bass-baritone)
Barbara Krieger (Soprano)
Gabriel Feltz (conductor)
Works of Gershwin, Mozart, Puccini and Wagner
A very quick translation. I do apologize for the grammatical mistakes.