Royal Academy Song Circle Wow with Loewe Liederabend at Wigmore Hall

A fantastic review from Ates Orga of Classical Source for the Royal Academy Song Circle Loewe Liederabend.

‘Power and gravity underlined Thomas Bennett’s and Nicholson’s account of Der Feind, Opus 145/2 (circa 1859, Scherenberg), cadencing on a gravelled, resonating low D – the kind of song where voice and piano necessarily contribute equally to the narrative, a Loewe trait. Bennett’s Meeresleuchten and Heimlichkeit, Opus 145/1 & 4, caught their respective qualities of barcarolle and rapt spring song with expressive definition and long-breathed phrasing, willing to take modest rubato/punctuation risks. The historical ballade Der Pilgrim vor St Just, Opus 99/3 (1832, von Platen), with its incessant triplet repetitions and right-hand maestoso piano chorale, displayed a big voice at work, digging to the foundations.’
— Ates Orga, Classical Source
Tom Bennett