Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Renée's recitals don't happen nearly enough, especially in New York City. So we were compelled to travel north to Boston to catch the act. It was well worth the adventure. She talked about it being the last recital of the tour, about the Kander song and the Previn song being written for her and about getting to visit Richard Strauss' home last year. Symphony Hall was mostly full and very appreciative. She sounded extraordinarily loud but I don't usually sit that close or maybe it was the angle. It was all gorgeous, wonderful and fun and exactly what I expected it should be, made even sweeter because I was there with dearest friends whom I love. She did a signing after, so we stopped by to say hello. She's absolutely wonderful. I don't think I'll see her perform live again until possibly October when she does Der Rosenkavalier at the Met, which isn't soon enough. I wish there were more recitals - they just don't happen nearly enough.
The Giraffes Go To Hamburg
From "Poèmes pour Mi"
Action des graces
Les deux guerriers
A Letter from Sullivan Ballou (my favorite)
Ich soll ihn niemals, niemals mehr sehn from Die Kathrin
Verführung, Opus 33, no. 1
Freundliche Vision, Opus 48, no. 1
Ständchen, Opus 17, no. 2
Winterweihe, Opus 48, no. 4
Zueignung, Opus 10, no. 1
Marietta's Lied from Die tote Stadt
I Could Have Danced All Night
Funny Valentine (the Beethoven Remix)
And "Ier dalla fabbrica," from Riccardo Zandonai's Conchita that will be on her new Verismo cd this fall.