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Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson: In Recital

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Label: Wigmore Hall Live

Cat No: WHLIVE0027

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd February 2009

Contents

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Polish Songs (17), op.74
» no.5 Gdzie lubi (What She Likes)
» no.8 Sliczny chlopiec (Handsome Lad)
» no.10 Wojak (The Warrior)
» no.14 The ring
» no.16 Lithuanian Song

Mussorgsky, Modest

Songs and Dances of Death

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Songs (12), op.14
» no.3 For long there has been little consolation in love
» no.9 She is as Lovely as the Noon
Songs (15), op.26
» no.6 Christ is Risen
» no.15 All Things Pass By

Szymanowski, Karol

Masques (3), op.34

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Pesn' Zemfiri (Zemfira's song)
Romances (6), op.6
» no.6 None but the Lonely Heart
Romances (7), op.47
» no.7 Was I not a blade of Grass?

Artists

Ewa Podles (contralto)
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

Works

Chopin, Frederic

Polish Songs (17), op.74
» no.5 Gdzie lubi (What She Likes)
» no.8 Sliczny chlopiec (Handsome Lad)
» no.10 Wojak (The Warrior)
» no.14 The ring
» no.16 Lithuanian Song

Mussorgsky, Modest

Songs and Dances of Death

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Songs (12), op.14
» no.3 For long there has been little consolation in love
» no.9 She is as Lovely as the Noon
Songs (15), op.26
» no.6 Christ is Risen
» no.15 All Things Pass By

Szymanowski, Karol

Masques (3), op.34

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Pesn' Zemfiri (Zemfira's song)
Romances (6), op.6
» no.6 None but the Lonely Heart
Romances (7), op.47
» no.7 Was I not a blade of Grass?

Artists

Ewa Podles (contralto)
Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

About

Wigmore Hall Live proudly presents an all-Russian and Polish recital by the enigmatic Ewa Podles, widely regarded as the world’s leading contralto and one of the true great singers of our time.

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall on 23 January 2008, this release marked Ewa Podles' return to the Wigmore Hall stage after an absence of sixteen years.

With her unique, dramatic voice of staggering range, agility and amplitude, Ewa Podles gives the kind of towering performance that has come to be expected of an artist who has acquired cult status and a near-fanatical following within the operatic world.

In addition to her rigorous operatic calendar, which notably includes her highly-publicised return this year to the Metropolitan Opera Stage after twenty-four years, Podles is one of the most acclaimed recital and concert performers in the world.

I want my singing to have drama, to send a message, sometimes people cry when they hear me-this is what's important. I want people to love me or hate me because of the emotion of my singing” - Ewa Podles

Press acclaim for this concert at Wigmore Hall:

The power and range of this tone was phenomenal … And her personality, outgoing and generous like the voice itself, warmed the hall. It was like hearing some fabled singers of the past, old Schumann-Heink perhaps” - Opera Now

Ewa Podles' recital last night was one of those rare, and very special occasions when a singer opened the lid of her soul and poured forth a stream of uninhibited emotion. Uninhibited, by no means uncontrolled, and with an usual level of communication between performers ... A performance of rare stature” - theoperacritic.com

One of the world’s most impressive and individual voices was heard at the Wigmore Hall this evening: that of Ewa Podles. Despite her small frame, she has a sizeable voice, a voice that thrills, from a mezzosoprano top to rich, earthy, baritonal depths…It was not just a matter of the sound but of her ability to tailor the richness, the colours, the weight to the words of the songs” - www.classicalsource.com

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