Wolf with Julius Drake and Ian Bostridge (Wigmore Hall, 17 June 2018)

About 2 years ago I saw Bostridge as Ulysse in the AAM concert performance tour when it stopped at the Barbie. I really liked his attention to detail and to this day he remains a favourite along with this year’s London Ulysse, Roderick Williams. Afterwards I didn’t pay much attention to his many Wiggy concerts but this season I thought I should get up to speed on the Bostridge lieder experience ™.

the stairs to the Wiggy restaurant

Ian Bostridge tenor
Julius Drake piano

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Aus meinen grossen Schmerzen
Du bist wie eine Blume
Mädchen mit dem roten Mündchen
Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen
Wenn ich in deine Augen seh
Mit schwarzen Segeln
Wie des Mondes Abbild zittert
Goethe Lieder
Frech und Froh I
Frech und Froh II
Der Rattenfänger
Gutmann und Gutweib
Grenzen der Menschheit



London has fountains, too

Mörike Lieder

Der Genesene an die Hoffnung
Der Knabe und das Immlein
Der Tambour
Nimmersatte Liebe
Auf ein altes Bild
In der Frühe
Peregrina I
Peregrina II
Der Feuerreiter


Schubert, of course

Well, it turned out that getting a ticket at the end of the next block was a good idea, because Dr Bostridge likes a good, brightly toned, laser-like and anguished shout with his Wolf. If we’re not quite sure what Van Mallaerts is, Bostridge is 100% tenor. And 100% white voice. So if you like that, he’s the man for you. He also got really alarmingly intense when he wasn’t nonchalantly leaning against the piano. I considered offering to make him a nice cuppa.

On the other hand, Julius Drake was 100% fun. I really enjoyed his accompaniment. You may remember I don’t always get into the instrumental part of things but sometimes some accompanists do get my attention quite vividly (more recently, Scalera and Manoff did). Following Drake’s amazing work with dynamics and timing was unexpectedly easy and exciting!

Modest proposal 2018: Wiggy needs to think about ways to implement the mute-the-anguished-tenor button.

you: dehggi, that’s called the instrumental music concert, which has made Wiggy famous.
dehggi: I heard of such things, but they don’t usually play the lieder scores, do they?

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Mozart/Baroque loving red dragon

Posted on June 23, 2018, in live performances, tenors, wigmore hall and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. He gets an interesting reverb effect in Memorial Chapel, where I’ve seen him twice, similar to the chien on a hurdy gurdy (an instrument for which he has nothing but disdain, interestingly). Not sure if that’s more him or the architecture. But yes, intense. Upper deck in the wayback generally recommended. Also yes re Julius Drake, he was pretty great this round.

    • the chien on a hurdy gurdy

      haha, I love it! btw, I saw a real life hurdy gurdy the other day (with monkey).

      • Given a monkey could take apart your tangents and pop your strings in about two seconds and reduce your beautiful multi-thousand £ Chris Eaton to kindling…we’ll hope they were using one of those Hungarian deals made out of old barn siding.

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