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November 2011

Ian Bostridge/Thomas Adès Recital at Carnegie Hall

By Scott Rose

IAN-popupRichard Termine for The New York Times

The program that tenor Ian Bostridge and composer/pianist Thomas Adès chose for their Carnegie Hall recital this Monday centered on themes of depression, loss of love, and the artist’s alienation from society. At his best, Bostridge enchanted with his elegant blending of words and music, each phrase flowing beguilingly out of the last.

The centerpiece of the recital was Robert Schumann’s song cycle Opus 48, Dichterliebe. The alternately jilted, yearning, bitter, and unhinged lover of the cycle ideally must be portrayed by a singer capable of vividly communicating mood swings without ever emitting an unmusical sound. To be sure, Bostridge emitted no sour tones, and his diction was a model of clarity. Yet, his fundamentally British primness proved to be a barrier to the wide-ranging emotions of these songs. Moreover, Bostridge displayed some quirky vocal mannerisms: at one point, he gave six consecutive notes individual emphases while the score suggests a coherent musical through-line. 

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Blood Sweat and Tears @ City Winery


After over 40 years of touring, Blood Sweat & Tears still sets the standard that all other horn bands are judged by Starting out in Greenwich Village, BS&T was the first band to successfully combine rock with jazz, bringing their unique sound everywhere from Woodstock to behind the Iron Curtain.

On December 10, BS&T is coming to NYC to play two surprisingly intimate shows at City Winery. The late show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 7pm show, either at the box office or online.