The Rosenblatt Recitals continue to go from strength to strength. Last night’s Wigmore Hall recital saw the formidable partnership of Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey and Welsh pianist Llyr Williams perform a mixed programme of English, French, American and Russian music.
Kelsey was, as you’d expect a singer of his calibre, enthralling. In both Tchaikovsky’s Ya vas lyublya and Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Sing, the baritone displayed effortless precision and a captivating suppleness that created an spellbinding intimacy. Massenet’s Vision fugitive was enthusiastically received but felt unexpected and perhaps even out of place. Ravel’s Don Quixote to Dulcinea, a work which clearly played to Kelsey’s strengths.
The Mussorgsky – Songs and Dances of Death – was a suitably challenging conclusion to the baritone’s triumphant programme. The concluding song – The Field Marshal – had a defiance and humility which seemed apt given it was Remembrance Day.
This was an electrifying evening, one I was very pleased to be made to feel a part of. Very good as well to see the microphones were out. Expect a CD of the recital in the coming months.