Monday, January 22, 2007

Anthony Sets the Bar Higher

Fliegt der Schnee mir ins Gesicht,
Schüttl' ich ihn herunter.
Wenn mein Herz im Busen spricht,
Sing' ich hell und munter.

Höre nicht, was es mir sagt,
Habe keine Ohren;
Fühle nicht, was es mir klagt,
Klagen ist für Toren.

Anthony's recital last night was a remarkable accomplishment. Few undergraduate students will attempt the work; far fewer will present the work with as much class and musicianship. As far as I could tell (and I paid close attention), Anthony didn't miss a single German syllable in the entire 24-song cycle.

It's not just that he did it . . . it was how he did it. His consonants were splendid. You could tell that he carefully studied each word and each phrase. He sang the message of each song with understanding and careful nuance.It was a wonderful evening of messages and music.

Thanks, Anthony.

If the snow flies in my face,
I shake it off again.
When my heart speaks in my breast,
I sing loudly and gaily.

I don't hear what it says to me,
I have no ears to listen;
I don't feel when it laments,
Complaining is for fools.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I must agree! Excellent diction and interpretation of the lyrics through the music! It is amazing how Anthony was able to sing from memory a work of that length in a foreign language and not only get the words right, but also bring out their meaning through dynamics, emphasis and changes in vocal character. The diction was clear and carried through the recital hall even where the music went to piano and pianissimo. After the first song, I put the text away and tuned in to the performance. I did not miss but a very few words, and those occured when the balance between voice and piano would have made it difficult to understand the lyrics in any language. Other than that, I was able to follow the entire cycle in German, and that ought to tell you something. Bravo, Anthony!

MS of G