18 Jan 2006
Die Schöne Magelone — Wigmore Hall, London
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
Erica Jeal [The Guardian, 18 January 2006]
Brahms was a prolific lieder composer, but among his works only Die Schöne Magelone can really be called a song cycle, and we don't get to hear it often. Matthias Goerne made a persuasive case for it; however, the context of its presentation did it no favours.