Marlis Peterson, expression of feelings

Marlis Peterson

On Tuesday 23, not on monday, the second recital of the Lied Cycle was taking place, jointly organized by the Teatro de la Zarzuela and the National Center for Dissemination of Music (CNDM). On this occasion the soprano returned to the cycle Marlis Peterson, accompanied on piano by Stephan Matthias Lademann.

the repertoire, varied in works and authors, had a very defined and extraordinarily elaborate thread, the depth of the soul and the cascade of feelings that surround it. From the darkest and most taciturn, going through the intensity of lovers, until reaching the most transcendental and hopeful feelings.

The first part, dedicated to the night and dreams, It was made up of works by Karl Weilg, Richard Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf Y Hans Sommer. It was followed by a set of works with an inside look at death and the pain of loss.. On this occasion the works belonged to Max Reger, Richard Strauss and three pieces by Johannes Brahms. After death came the explosion of love and romanticism, Hand Reynaldo Hahn, Henri Duparc Y Gabriel Fauré. The recital ended with the set of songs dedicated to the liberation and the return home, with works by Max Reger, Hugo Wolf, Richard Roessler Y Gustav Mahler.

Between each group of songs, Petersen, microphone in hand, offered the audience an explanation of each of the emotional settings that followed.

Marlis Peterson is a remarkable singer and a very good actress. Very expressive and communicative with the public, with whom he came to joke at the time of the encores. But the lied repertoire does not seem to be the most appropriate for its vocal characteristics.. Its bass is scarce and the transition from the middle zone to the treble is somewhat bland. What does not detract from a very meritorious interpretation with which he knew how to generate the appropriate atmospheres for each work.

Stephan Matthias Lademann was always attentive and helpful, facilitating Peterson's work in a perfect and harmonious understanding.

They said goodbye with two tips, after the insistent applause of the public, "Dreams" (dreams), de Wagner y “Night and Dreams” (night and dreams), Schubert, to continue with the common thread of night and dreams.

A varied and enriching recital very enjoyed and that leaves a very good taste in the mouth. Let's hope Marlis Peterson returns to this cycle soon.