Lance's programs, October 2017

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Lance's programs, October 2017

Post by Lance » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:40 pm

OCTOBER 2017 "Music and the Artist" programs

October 7, 2017: Gérard Souzay, baritone
October 14, 2017: Roger Norrington, conductor (Part I of II)
October 21, 2017: Roger Norrington, conductor (Part II of II)
October 28, 2017: Alexander Slobodyanik, pianist

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Re: Lance's programs, October 2017

Post by John F » Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:22 am

Gérard Souzay was very much in Fischer-Dieskau's shadow, but he deserved better than that. Some of his Lieder recordings are among the most beautiful I know, and he was an intelligent singer too, though he didn't focus on the words as much as DFD, instead giving full value to the vocal line. I like his earlier recordings best, such as the first set of Duparc's songs with Jacqueline Bonneau a finer accompanist than Souzay's usual partner Dalton Baldwin:

Souzay sang and recorded less opera than Fischer-Dieskau and I never saw him on the stage. In the 1950s Decca/London brought out an LP of French opera arias which was quickly withdrawn; I heard it was because Souzay hadn't approved release and objected, but I don't know if that's so. Copies turned up in the discount bin at Sam Goody's record store and I treasure my copy, especially the selections from "La Damnation de Faust" in which Souzay is an insinuating devil. None of that LP is on YouTube, but this excerpt from the Cluytens recording is almost as good though not quite:

When I was in college, Philips brought out a Schubert LP which I think shows Souzay at his best in the German repertoire. His "Erlkönig" (with Dalton Baldwin) got played often on WHRB:

But enough of my mini-program of Souzay. I look forward to seeing what you'll choose to play.
John Francis

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