Classical Iconoclast reviews Matthias Georne and Leif Ove Andsnes in recital at the Wigmore Hall in London:

“At the Wigmore Hall, London, Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes performed Mahler in a unique programme built around Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti op 145 (1974). Who but Goerne would dare such an eclectic juxtaposition, framing six songs from Shostakovich’s eleven song cycle with songs drawn from Mahler’s entire output, each of which presents formidable challenges? Most singers would pale at the very prospect of singing songs from the Rückert Lieder,Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Kindertôtenlieder, and transcriptions from the symphonies, but by throwing Shostakovich into the mix, Goerne drew out new perspectives in both Mahler and Shostakovich. This was a daring, even shocking programme, and technically a formidable undertaking, but Goerne carried it off with conviction and superlative artistry.”

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Source: Classical Iconoclast