Stunning recital from Fourth Form sopranos
27 June 2016
On Wednesday the audience at All Saints’ were treated to a stunning recital performed by two Fourth Form sopranos, Millie and Beth.
Millie performed Four Indian Love Lyrics by Amy Woodforder-Finden. Self–published in 1902, each of the songs has its own style and sense of nostalgia. The programme started with a confident performance of ‘The Temple Bells’. Millie interpreted the songs with tenderness and understanding; the long lyrical lines of ‘Kashmiri Song’ are particularly beautiful and were sung with subtlety and great control. Millie’s performance was characterised by a genuine sense of enjoyment, great communication and fondness for the four melodious songs.
Beth’s performance of Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre was both characterful and accomplished. The songs are adaptations of Hebrew poems and were commissioned in 2001. ‘Kalá Kallá’ is a beautiful, bright song and demonstrated the clarity and eloquence of Beth’s voice. A joyous song, it alternates between sumptuous darker tones and vibrant rhythmic energy. By contrast ‘Eyze shéleg’ is an intensely moving song which requires great sonority and purity. It is thought-provoking as it has no words, only soaring melodies which are perfectly suited to Beth’s voice. The performance of the five songs was thoroughly stylish with an engaging ensemble of voice, piano and violin with additional hand percussion performed by Beth.
This was an accomplished recital from the two girls. The two collections of songs were an inspiring example of cultural diversity in both musical styles, meaning and interpretation.