26 Apr 2006
Maltman/Johnson — 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 [Guardian, 26 April 2006]
It is hardly surprising that Goethe, the quintessential German Romantic, should have inspired Schumann to some sublime song settings. But one revealing aspect of this recital, which brought baritone Christopher Maltman and pianist Graham Johnson together for the third in Johnson's mini-series looking at Schumann's poets and contemporaries, was that it took some of his less celebrated, less consistent colleagues to even greater heights.