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Seen and Heard Recital Review
Schubert: Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano), Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 28.11.2005 (AO)
The annual series “Song
on the South Bank” opened with Ian Bostridge
and Julius Drake. Tonight’s
programme came in two halves.
The first half was conceptually brilliant, exploring
settings of poets who were outsiders and misfits.
It was powerfully performed, so much so that it was
profoundly disturbing. In
a smaller, more intimate venue and with an audience of Kenner, it would have been momentous. But
an evening of sad songs about death is never going to wow
the public. Artistry, alas, needs a touch of showmanship