Music review: Dorothea Röschmann | Malcolm Martineau
Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review: Dorothea Röschmann/Malcolm Martineau at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by Carol Main
THE Lieder of Schumann have been making regular appearances at this year’s EIF Queen’s Hall morning series. Yesterday was no exception, although Dorothea Röschmann was the first soprano voice to be heard singing them. It’s little wonder they feature on repertoire lists so often such is their scope for different voices.
For Röschmann, the dozen songs of the Liederkreis were an opportunity to reveal what is essentially a bright voice with a light vibrato but which is more than capable of achieving the broad palette of Schumann’s romantic settings of Eichendorff’s poetry.
Completely immersing herself in the pictorial language of the words and the music, with its different moods and emotions, Röschmann was especially spell-binding in the darker moments, such as the melancholy of Auf einer Burg.
Even more suited to her voice were the Seven Early Songs by Berg. She soared away with their sumptuous phrases with thrilling use of dynamics, although the voice tended to change tone, introducing a hint of harshness, when very loud.
As unfailingly attentive accompanist Malcolm Martineau followed Röschmann’s every nuance whether in the Schumann, Berg or the middle set of Wolf, which allowed him a little more playfulness.
Originally published in The Scotsman