07 Jan 2010
Juliane Banse / András Schiff, 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.
By Richard Fairman [Financial Times, 7 January 2010]
In András Schiff’s hands the east wind blew up and down the keyboard in the first of Mendelssohn’s Suleika settings - though nothing like as gustily as the polar gale that was bringing snow drifts to the UK outside and stranding a quarter of the Wigmore Hall’s sell-out audience on Wednesday at home.