Dietrich Henschel and Steven Osborne, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Star rating: * * * * *
LOST love, crumbling faith and existential despair: German baritone Dietrich Henschel’s EIF recital was a pretty dark affair.
But it was riveting from start to finish, his compelling and often highly theatrical interpretations partnered superbly by the subtle yet commanding playing of Edinburgh-born pianist Steven Osborne.Full review in The Scotsman. Picture at http://flic.kr/p/cZCB7C , last chance to hear the recital on Iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/b01m5krl
“His prowess as an interpreter, by which I mean precisely his ability to get below the surface of a song and right into its soul, is extraordinary. And his ability to characterise a song through sheer acting as much as singing resulted yesterday, at his Queen’s Hall concert with pianist Steven Osborne, in a recital of consummate intelligence, fuelled by a voice where beauty of sound is almost a secondary consideration to penetrating and revealing the nuances and implications of a text.” Full 5 star review at
We are delighted to announce the addition of German baritone Dietrich Henschel to the CPM list for UK representation. An artist of exceptional versatility, Henschel is highly-regarded for his appearances as recitalist, on the concert platform and on the opera stage with repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to the most challenging works of the present day.
“The subtlety of Henschel’s acting matches the complexity of his vocal characterization so that, by the end, you not only feel you’ve been taken on a vast journey from joy to grief and back again, but also believe that Orfeo’s own music really has the power to affect both gods and nature.” **** The Guardian 11 December 2009
Henschel’s opera engagements this season include Beckmesser and Don Alfonso in Leipzig and Pollux at the Theater an der Wien. He will perform Schubert with Radio Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Janowski and Mahler with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic / Herreweghe. He joins Semyon Bychkov for both Brahms and Glanert with the Munich Philharmonic and Britten with the Accademia Santa Cecilia as well as Chailly for Mahler with the Gewandhaus Orchestra.