The Right Balance
Admired opera star Taryn Fiebig is best known for being able to project over a full orchestra so in her recital with pianist Chris Cartner it was more a case of finding the right balance and these two performers were totally successful.
Moving from the drama required to bring opera to life on a big stage to the intimacy of the vocal artsong recital where often a singer has to engage the audience with nuance and subtle changes was largely overcome by programing music from some of Fiebig’s favourite operatic roles. Dvorak, Puccini, Gounod and Mozart arias were delivered with panache and the audience was treated to a semi-stage show with beautifully interpreted hints of what one would see if one was at the stage production. In two songs by Richard Strauss Allerseelen (1885) and Morgen (1894), Fiebig delved into the meaning of the texts and the brought forward the heroic element in the vocal line, particularly in Allerseelen.
Fiebig is an artist who can engage her audience with the power of her voice and the charm of her personality. Throughout the vocal sections of this recital Fiebig was truly fortunate to have one of the most adept and sensitive accompanists I have heard for a long time. Cartner was always there for his singer, giving weight to a phrase when required, sitting back on the tempo and the volume here and there – all in all, a delight to experience.
Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Debussy
And as a soloist Cartner is no slouch either. Expertly despatching Chopin’s Waltz in A minor and Rachmaninoff’s Etude-tableaux in G minor with nary a glitch it was his performance of Debussy’s Arabesque No.1 that entranced me most as he conveyed the simple nature of the music but still brought to this well-known composition a freshness and a lightness of touch.
With performers like these the future of the vocal recital is in good hands.
Resonance presents Taryn Fiebig and Chris Cartner in recital
26 September 2014, Christ Church, Lavender Bay