Katharina Konradi performs strongly in the Lied Cycle


Sixth recital of this season of the Lied Cycle of the Teatro de la Zarzuela and the National Center for Dissemination of Music (CNDM) and another debut. This time it's about the soprano Katharina Konradi, born in Kyrgyzstan, a beautiful country in Central Asia, belonging to the Soviet Union until its disintegration into 1991.

Trained in Germany, Katharina Konradi gave a recital on Monday, but not only songs, also how those songs should be interpreted. With an extraordinary language facility, he went from Fauré to Schumann and from Debussy to Ginastera and Montsalvatge with a stylistic precision that is rarely observed.

It all started with five songs by Fauré, with texts by Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine and Armand Silvestre. And it was from the beginning that Konradi presented his credentials and his ability to describe the attractive charm of The butterfly and the flower O Our love. Then came the song cycle, Opus 39 from Schumann, with texts from Joseph von Eichendorff. Here both interpreters showed a special sensitivity. Schumann's work fits perfectly with the characteristics of Konradi, voice full of freshness and a delicate and crystalline singing line.

The second part began with one of the most intimate works of Dbussy, Ariettes oublièes, composed of a series of six songs where the capacity for nuance, by both Konradi and Martineau, was clearly demonstrated.

left for the end Ginastera Y Montsalvatge. Another surprising language change, his phrasing and diction in Spanish was better than that of any national singer, as well as his expressiveness in singing. The elasticity of your voice and, again, his stylistic ability, perfectly drew the character of these two composers. De Ginastera performed Five Argentine Popular Songs, full of color, tenderness and eloquence. De Montsalvatge chose three of his Five Black Songs, habanera point, black singing Y Lullaby to put a black boy to sleep.

We know of the mastery on the keyboard of Malcolm Martineau. Of his ability to generate atmospheres and colors that perfectly describe the composer and his work. On this occasion he had some moments of true virtuosity. The Konradi – Martineau connection has been one of the most fruitful. It seemed as if they had been performing together for a lifetime.. She was safe and he was happy., what could go wrong?

Without a doubt, a demonstration of capabilities and strength that left us all wanting more.. We look forward to your participation in successive cycles.. He offered two tips, fishing way, from Schubert and Nana, from Manuel de Falla. Lately many lullabies have been heard in this Lied Cycle. It seems that in addition to singing, these young performers are also very fertile. Congratulations to all.

Photograph © Rafa Martin