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Seen and Heard Recital Review
Schubert, ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ Thomas Quasthoff, Charles Spencer, Wigmore Hall, 20.11.2005 (ME)
soothingly soporific strains of Des Baches
Wiegenlied were quite unnecessary for many of the audience
on this Sunday afternoon, since the heat in
the hall had already had the effect of sending
them into a quiet doze; from around half way
through the cycle, people in front of me, along
the row from me and behind me, had their chins
on their chests and their eyes tightly shut,
not in contemplation but in peaceful sleep.
No reflection on the singing, of course, just
the fact that despite the newish
air conditioning, the Wigmore still seems to want to maintain a temperature best
suited to premature babies and the over-eighties.
The sleepers awoke, of course, to give a thunderous
ovation to a very beautifully sung, though only
dutifully played and hardly innovative performance.