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Review of “An evening with Bach and Schumann” performed by Simone Dinnerstein and Stephan Loges

Simone Dinnerstein (photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco)Simone Dinnerstein (photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco)It was a privilege to have been at the concert given last Saturday (November 30) by Simone Dinnerstein (piano) and Stephan Loges (bass-baritone) in aid of the Marlborough  Brandt Group.  It took place in the Memorial Hall, Marlborough College by kind permission of the Master.

The recital started with an aria from Bach’s St John Passion (Ich Habe Genug) in which Stephan Loges expressed the pain and the acceptance of the Cross with a beautifully warm and well balanced tonality which was consistent throughout the whole range of his voice from the low bass notes to an almost tenor-like quality at the top.

Simone Dinnerstein’s piano accompaniment conveyed the colour and texture of an entire orchestra with wonderfully clear part-playing that was to be the hallmark of the whole recital - a wonderful dialogue of great sensitivity between voice and piano.

The main part of the programme was devoted to the music of Robert Schumann and here again the inner heart of the music its hope, despair, joy and sorrow was captured by both soloists in such a way as to make the lack of an English text almost unnecessary.

Stephan Loges Stephan Loges

Simone Dinnerstein has explained the link between Bach and Schumann:  “There is a beautiful connection between the music of Bach and Schumann, both composers were drawn to the human voice…every individual is important and contributes to a complex tapestry of sound.”

The recital lasted just an hour, but it was an hour of supreme artistry with a complete understanding between the two musicians. A rare treat for an enthusiastic audience.

As a friend said as we left the Memorial Hall: “It was one of the finest recitals I have ever been to. I have seldom heard a pianist as good as that.”

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