Rosenblatt Recitals come to an end at Wigmore Hall

Tonight’s Rosenblatt Recital at the Wigmore Hall – given by Argentine bass Nahuel Di Pierro – marks not only the end of the 2016/17 season, but the recital series as a whole.

Throughout its 17 year history, the recital series has introduced new talent and established international artists to appreciative audiences at various venues in London, most recently at Wigmore Hall. In excess of 200 performers have appeared in the series.

Baritone Jacques Imbrailo, sopranos Ailish Tynan, Angel Blue, and Pretty Yende are just a selection of some of the big names who have stepped onto the Rosenblatt platform. Twelve CD recordings featuring Angel, Ailish, Lawrence Brownlee, Ailyn Pérez, and Francesco Meli also make up the Rosenblatt canon.

Last year, recital series founder Ian Rosenblatt answered my questions in a Thoroughly Good Podcast about his love of vocal music, and what drove him to set up the series in 1999.

Twelve months on its a bit of a bittersweet listen. I’ve always rather appreciated the recitals for their straightforward authentic offering: a gateway to repertoire I’ve not naturally gravitated to, the performance and appreciation of which has always seemed a little intimidating. Rosenblatt received an OBE in 2016 for his ‘philanthrophic services to music’.

What the Rosenblatt series seemed to manage rather well was to take all of the snootiness out of proceedings, and make it perfectly acceptable to like a performance or a work or not, without having to worry about what others would say or think about you. Accessible programmes meant prior knowledge wasn’t a requisite, but promised an introduction to a wide range of repertoire.

To attract the kind of performing talent it did throughout it’s history was a considerable achievement. Not having that kind of patronage around seems a bit of a shame.

The Rosenblatt recordings are available on the Opus Arte recording label. 

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