by Paula Citron
The Aldeburgh Connection celebrated its 25th season with a gala concert called, appropriately, The Anniversary Waltz. First a word of praise for Aldeburgh founders Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata. The pianists have played muse to this country’s best singers and our cultural life would be poorer without these remarkable men.
The heart of the concert was Brahms delectable Liebeslieder-Walzer performed by soprano Monica Whicher, mezzo-soprano Noreen Burgess, tenor Colin Ainsworth and baritone Russell Braun. The singers also performed individual pieces related to love or the waltz.
Divine comedienne Mary Lou Fallis was on hand as the muse Terpsichore to host the event, while special guests – mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin, soprano Virginia Hatfield, tenor Benjamin Butterfield and baritone Mark Pedrotti also lent their considerable talents to the afternoon.
It was a concert that was quintessential Aldeburgh only grander – wonderful songs and piano duets built around a theme. It was also a love affair between audience and’ performers.
From the MacMillan Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.