Among the audience at Thursday night’s Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital, it seemed few had heard of baritone Christian Gerhaher. They had come for the excellent reason of András Schiff playing the piano. But by the end of the evening it was clear that neither name would be soon forgotten. In a warhorse-heavy program of Beethoven, Schumann, and Haydn, they were an exceptionally subtle and accomplished team.Click here to read the rest. I hope I didn't rib the audience too much, because they were quite well behaved. Just a little clueless. The quote of the evening was "Why did he pronounce Adelaide like that?" Next door, the Philadelphia Orchestra was playing Elektra, and I found out that the Kimmel Center really is very soundproof. I didn't hear a thing.
I love love love Dichterliebe but sometimes there are enough Dichterlieben out there and you want to hear something else, right? Here's the similar program Gerhaher is doing in Munich this summer, which has a few key differences.
I neglected to mention the encore in the review, it was Haydn's "She never told her love" (text from Twelfth Night).