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1. An Sivlia
2. Einsiedelei
3. Verklarung
4. Die Sterne
5. Himmelsfunken
6. Standchen
7. Der Knabe Und Das Immelein
8. Gesang Weylas
9. An Die Geliebte
10. Auf Eine Christblume II
11. Lied Eines Verliebten
12. Lied Vom Winde
13. Aubade
14. En Sourdine
15. Green
16. Notre Amour
17. Fleur Jetee
18. Spleen
19. Madrigal
20. Le Papillon Et La Fleur
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BBC Review

Simon Keenlyside has already established himself as one of the most intelligently communicative singers onstage at the moment, from Britten’s Billy Budd or Berg’s Wozzeck, to the more rarefied atmosphere of a song recital such as this one, at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2008.

With pianist Malcolm Martineau in similarly sensitive form, the recital begins with a group of six Schubert songs, and the sense that rather than being overwhelmed with colour and characterisation, something subtler is happening; somehow you’re being invited to step into a more gently nuanced and delicately observed world, where the expressive weight of each phrase is being judged to perfection, with not a gram of emotional excess. It’s intimate, and unforced, and somehow still feels natural rather than contrived.

But it’s with the half dozen songs that follow by Hugo Wolf that this recital begins to become really special, with Keenlyside revelling in the spare textures and startling harmonic juxtapositions – and Martineau sounds inspired, alive to the singer’s every gesture.

The second half of their recital is French: eight Fauré songs, with a lovely lightness of touch and growing sensuality. Then there’s Ravel’s Histoires naturelles, satirical vignettes of four birds and an insect described with delicious detail, sly humour, and a storyteller’s eye and ear for detail. Virtuoso performances here from two master craftsmen. The encore, Poulenc’s Hotel – introduced by Keenlyside (in the composer’s words) as: “the laziest song ever written” – is luxuriously languorous. Despite the coughs and splutters of the October audience, everything has been recorded with warmth and impressive immediacy.

The critics and concertgoers will say you had to be there, but this is such a successful document of the occasion that you might honestly end up feeling that you were… and can be again, and again. --Andrew McGregor

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Keenlyside Wigmore Hall recital 9 Mar. 2010
By holland741 - Published on
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Songs by Schumann, Wolf, Faure and Ravel
It would be hard to overpraise this recital disc, as it catches Simon Keenlyside's vocal prowess in full bloom. His German and French diction could not be bettered, and his warm, resonant tone is shown to best advantage in this varied recital of Schubert, Wolf, Faure, and Ravel songs. SK spins out breath-taking (to the listener) long lines, unbroken no matter what the dynamic, and holds high the blue flower of Romanticism in unmatched style in both the Schubert and Faure selections, as well as displaying great humor in some of the Wolf and Ravel songs. The perfect poise of his phrasing is matched by the superb pianism of his accompanist, Malcolm Martineau.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Keenlyside's lieder singing at full strength 1 Mar. 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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Wigmore Hall's house label is doing an admirable job filling in the huge gap left after the major labels have all but abandoned chamber music and song recitals. Simon Keenlyside stands out among current baritones who want to follow in the footsteps of Fischer-Dieskau. He has a warm, naturally expressive manner, and although the voice isn't as strong or charismatic as Thomas Hampson's or Bryn Terfel's, I'd rank Keenlyside as fully the equal of, say, Christian Gerhaher, perhaps even Mathias Goerne, albeit they have the advantage of being native German speakers. In return Keenlyside can boast the superb accompanist Malcolm Martineau -- the two toured with this program in 2008 and merge seamnlessly.

The program isn't at its strongest in the opening Schubert group, where too many great interpreters make it hard for Keenlyside to make a strong impression. He sings with assurance, but there's no special insight if we are to measure him at the highest level -- I think he's a bit too respectful. His manner isn't naturally tender or vulnerable, either. But the Morike settings of Wolf, being more modern and psychological, bring out a feeling for ambiguity that comes naturally to a singer who has made a success on stage of Pelleas. Keenlyside impresses me most in this half-shaded region, and once he progresses to Faure and then Ravel's miniature "natural histories" of four birds and an insect, the singer is completely convincing.

The only objection I can imagine is that being a versatile Englishman rather than vrai francais or echt Deutsch, the last bit of authenticity is lacking. But in an age where the art of song recitals is waning, I'm grateful for Keenlyside's intelligent, warm-hearted contribution.

Note: The lengthy review that spots huskiness, raspy tone, and intonation problems is putting up straw men of the most imaginary kind.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lieder Recital: Success on Recording, Distracting in the Concert Hall 30 Oct. 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on
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Simon Keenlyside is a baritone of great significance on the stage of opera houses today. He now is beginning to appear in recital halls in the USA with his lieder recitals. The results of getting to know this talented vocalist on recording as opposed to being present during a live recital is puzzling.

But first some notes on the CD: Keenlyside is partnered with Malcolm Martineau at the piano and it is a sensitive and lively collaboration. He opens with a warm and charming 'An Silvia' by Schubert, ingratiating the listener with everything we hope for in a lieder recital. He offers a total of six Schubert lieder (Martineau is particularly fine in the Schubert songs!) and follows that set with six very fine Hugo Wolf songs. While many singers program these lieder frequently, few will progress into the French idiom with the songs of Fauré, Ravel and Poulenc. These songs (like those of Debussy) require a grasp of the French enunciation of vowels placed in strange ways in the throat and mouth in order to truly sound French. Keenlyside has this subtle technique down and his French songs for many listeners will be the favorites of this recording. His phrasing is impeccable and his tempi and sensitivity to text and line is beautiful.

What happens in the live recital hall is odd. Simon Keenlyside is movie star handsome and plays well to his audience between songs. But in person there are unexpected pitch problems and even more disturbing there are obvious questions of what to do with his hands: if he could just stand still and let his very beautiful delivery of his songs be the focus we would be happy. What happens seems to be that he doesn't know what to do with his hands or his position by the piano and this ultimately is distracting. In a recital in Los Angeles read Santa Monica) he presented Mahler (less successful than the rest of the program), Butterworth, Strauss, Duparc, and Debussy - plus five encores. He does connect with the audience in a warm manner and it is obvious that his presence in the hall is welcome. He seems to have it all....if he could just relax a bit! Grady Harp, October 11
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Tracks attributed to Keenlyside are from a different recording 12 Jan. 2010
By Keenlyside Fan - Published on
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As of 12 Jan 2010, the tracks listed here for preview are not from the Keenlyside recital but from an all-Wolf recital by Wolfgang Holzmair & Imogen Cooper, also on Wigmore Hall/Koch. I don't know what you would get if you downloaded the MP3s (or bought the CD), but beware before purchasing this item. You may not get what you expected to get.
Beautiful sound for live performance 14 Feb. 2014
By M. Matzner - Published on
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Some of the Wigmore recitals place the singer a tad too far away in audio perspective, but this recital by Keenlyside and the estimable Martineau gets it just right. Fans will be delighted, even if the Faure and Ravel groups get just a bit of overkill.
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