The Wigmore Hall debut of young Bavarian soprano Christiane Karg in July 2012 proved a glistening highlight of the summer s song recital series. A regular guest at the world s leading opera houses, singing roles from Musetta (La bohème) to Poppea (L incoronazione di Poppea), she is also renowned throughout the world for her enchanting performances on the concert platform. Her recital featured two themes to link the programme: botanical in the first half, nocturnal in the second. Exploring celebrated jewels of the art song repertoire alongside lesser-known, but equally charming, discoveries, the programme moves from rarely heard floral songs from Strauss s teens, through dreamy settings by Fauré, Debussy and Poulenc, mysterious and nocturnal Lieder of Wolf to Berg s 'Sieben frühe Lieder'.
Perf (5/5) ***** Rec (4/5) **** 'Karg and Malcolm have built a remarkably effective programme... there are some rarely heard gems too... On the evidence of this recital Karg also has a natural ease with tempo, underpinned, of course by Martineau as the ever-perfect foil at the piano... the current nature of her voice which is fresh and clear. She is certainly not lacking in honeyed warmth in the Strauss songs, yet brings darker hues in a wonderfully dreamy account of Berg s Sieben fruhen Lieder... a sublime conclusion to a thoroughly enjoyable recital.' --Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine January 2014