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. 

Ian Rosenblatt collects his OBE at Buckingham Palace

Very pleased to see Ian Rosenblatt received his OBE on Friday. Prince William did the honours (boom tish, etc) with an award that recognised the soliticor’s ‘philanthropic services to music’, specifically the Rosenblatt Recital series.

There have been over 180 concerts since the Rosenblatt Recital series were established in 2000. I came to experience his artistic endeavours rather late once the series had moved to Wigmore Hall. It was central to sparking my growing interest in vocal and operatic music which had up until then been a bit of an unexplored genre.

  • Listen to a Thoroughly Good Podcast interview with Ian Rosenblatt from June 2016.
  • Read reviews of Rosenblatt Recitals
  • Discover more on the Rosenblatt Recitals website

Rosenblatt Recitals 2016/17 – New season unveiled today

The 2016/2017 season of Rosenblatt Recitals was made public today. An interesting selection of soloists looks set to grace the Wigmore Hall stage. The first recital kicks off in September this year.

As part of the season launch, I spoke to series founder Ian Rosenblatt about his introduction to classical music, about snobbery in the classical music scene, and why he thinks his recital series is about entertainment, not narcissism.

Monday 26 September 2016, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Alek Shrader tenor
Roger Vignoles piano

Monday 10 October 2016, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Eleonora Buratto soprano
Nazzareno Carusi piano

Tuesday 1 November 2016, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Simone Piazzola baritone
Giuseppe Vaccaro piano

Tuesday 10 January 2017, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Stefano La Colla tenor
Maria Katzarava soprano
Simon Lepper piano

Monday 6 March 2017, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Tara Erraught mezzo-soprano
James Baillieu piano

Thursday 16 March 2017, 7.30pm, Cadogan Hall

Sondra Radvanovsky soprano
Anthony Manoli piano

Monday 3 April 2017, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Ivan Magrì tenor
Iain Burnside piano

Tuesday 9 May 2017, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Lise Davidsen soprano
James Baillieu piano

Monday 5 June 2017, 7.30pm, Wigmore Hall

Nahuel di Pierro bass
Alphonse Cemin piano

Thoroughly Good Podcast 3.2: What good is a comfort zone anyway?

In the second episode of this (still) new series of Thoroughly Good Podcasts, I speak to recital series founder Ian Rosenblatt about his love of classical music, how he was introduced to it, why he thinks there’s snobbery in the classical music scene, and why his Rosenblatt Recital series is about entertainment, not narcissism. The 2016/2017 season of Rosenblatt Recital is announced today – more details in this post.

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Thoroughly Good Podcast 3.1: Intense Introductions

This new series examines my lifelong love of classical music, what got me (as well as others) hooked, and how we can introduce others to a genre most dismiss as elitist, boring, or inaccessible.

Beginnings are always the most difficult. After the relative ease of making seven podcast letters about my trip to Eurovision in Stockholm this year, getting a new series about classical music underway has been a little more challenging.

So, just like the first day in a school year, I’m easing myself (and you) in easily with a 20 minute orientation session. Think of this introduction to the third series of Thoroughly Good Podcasts as the first lesson of term when the teacher dished out the new text books.

In the first episode, I explain how an old friend introduced me to his considerable music collection. Is a short intense burst of the unfamiliar the best way to introduce someone to something new?

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