Anna Caterina Antonacci-Wigmore Hall-London-23.11.2009

Anna Caterina Antonacci, soprano
Donald Sulzer, piano
Fauré: Cinq mélodies de Venise
1. Mandoline
2. En sourdine
3. Green
4. À Clymène
5. C'est l'extase
6. Tyndaris
7. Phyllis from Études latines
8. Fumée
9. L'énamourée
10. Le printemps
11. Chère Nuit
Respighi: Three canti all'antica
12. L'udir talvolta
13. Ma come potrei
14. Ballata
15. Pioggia
16. Nebbie
17. Paolo, date mi pace! from Francesca da Rimini
18. Son pochi fiori (from L'Amico Fritz)

Traditional Neapolitan folksong:
19. Lu cantino

......Wigmore Hall was built in 1901 by the German piano firm Bechstein next to its showrooms on Wigmore Street. The Hall was intended to be both grandly impressive but intimate enough for recitals.
......Originally called Bechstein Hall , it opened with two gala concerts on 31 May and 1 June 1901, featuring the Italian pianist Ferrucio Busoni, the Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, the Ukrainian pianist Vladimir de Pachmann and several others.
......The Hall was designed by the English architect Thomas Colcutt, FRIBA, (1840-1924) in Renaissance style, using alabaster and marble walls, flooring and stairway. Colcutt was one of the most distinguished architects of his day and his work embraced many worlds, including the design of the public rooms in more than a dozen P&O liners.
......With its celebrated acoustic, continuity of staff and famously knowledgeable audience, the Hall continues to attract the world’s leading musicians, who appreciate the degree of intimacy built up between artist and audience which contributes so much to Wigmore Hall's very special atmosphere. Artists appearing in recent times have included Andras Schiff, Dame Felicity Lott, Cecilia Bartoli, Sir Thomas Allen, Steven Isserlis, Ann Murray DBE, Matthias Goerne, Joshua Bell, Andreas Scholl, Angelika Kirchschlager, Thomas Quasthoff, Simon Keenlyside, Florestan Trio, Bernarda Fink, The Borodin Quartet, The Nash Ensemble, Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley, The Emerson Quartet, The Academy of Ancient Music, a quartet of leading accompanists - Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles - and a host of others too numerous to mention.
......In October 2005, Mr Gilhooly launched the Hall’s own CD label Wigmore Hall Live , to help bring the Hall’s musical programme to a wider international audience. Wigmore Hall Live’s 30 releases from recent and archive recitals have garnered critical praise.
......Every week a concert is broadcast worldwide on radio and the internet through BBC Radio 3.
......On November 23rd I was there, at Wigmore Hall, for the afternoon concert at 1pm. Because the hall is not big, this seemed more like a private concert. A voice and a piano that matched perfectly. What can be more beutiful and genuine than that? It was an hour of good music, French and Italian repertoire. She's a soprano but her voice can get those darker shades that Carmen, for example, requires. We had Faure, Hahn, Respighi and in the end, after many, many applauses, two encores. Massenet's Son pochi fiori and a traditional Napoletan folksong.
......It was so touching. It was like everything was meant for my ears only, like staying in a confortable armchair in the livingroom. I was so glad I found this concert and that I was in London at the right time. I had only seen Mrs Antonacci in Carmen, on DVD. But I'll look for her name in the future.
......Besides having a special voice she's also very beautiful and gentle. There wasn't too much fuss about the concert. There's no need, afterall. Those who know her and her work, came on that rainy, autumn day, at Wigmore Hall.
......The concert was broadcasted live by BBC Radio 3 and it's available for listening HERE.
Wigmore Hall program also includes:
Marc Padmore - recital - November 28
Christine Brewer - recital - December 7
Belcea Quartet - December 10, February 26
Ewa Podles - recital - December 20
Stephanie Blythe - recital - January 7, 10
Simon Keenlyside - recital - January 22, 25
Marc Padmore - recital - January 25
Joyce di Donato - recital - January 26, 28
Magdalena Kozena - recital - February 4, 6
Matthias Goerne - recital - February 28
Sarah Connolly - recital - March 8
Anne Sofie von Otter - recital - June 2

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