Rosenblatt Recitals 2015: Quinn Kelsey / Llyr Williams

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.

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