Review | Aspen Music Festival 2015
Susanna Phillips joins the Aspen Music Festival for two concerts during the 2015 summer season. In the first of these performances, Phillips offered Haydn’s “Berenice, che fai?” with conductor Patrick Summers. Read more about this concert in the review below!
“More vocal music jump-started the weekend. Susanna Phillips provided the highlight of Friday’s Chamber Music concert, lavishing a range of colors, impeccable articulation and an opera artist’s ability to draw vivid images from the music in “Berenice, che fai?” a concert aria by Haydn. It was 12 minutes of vocal magic.
Patrick Summers, a first-rate opera conductor, seemed energized by this work in ways he was not during the rest of the program. Big gestures drew spongy articulation from the orchestra in the Chopin Concerto No. 1. Pianist Nikolai Lugansky, who triumphed last year in a deftly crafted Rachmaninov Concerto No. 3, focused mainly on creating delicate strings of pearls, seldom stretching dynamics broader than mezzopiano to mezzoforte. Similar rhythmic sogginess took the edge off Brahms’ pieces—the opening Hungarian Dance No. 1 and the Haydn Variations that concluded the concert.”
(Harvey Steiman, The Aspen Times, August 2015)