Dorothea Röschmann and Malcolm Martineau at Zankel Hall, January 23, 2013
The New York Times, Jan. 25, 2013
As I confessed among social-media circles already, of all the things I'm called upon to cover, lieder recitals are probably what I feel least comfortable writing about. Not that there was anything even slightly uncomfortable about listening to Dorothea Röschmann and Malcolm Martineau – indeed, I'd been waiting to hear Röschmann in recital for several years, since the previous time I'd planned to hear her, she cancelled. But as I explained to a fellow music journalist who cited organ recitals at a particular fear, there's something about the confluence of the vocal apparatus, technique, style and literature that gets me a little uptight as regards my ability to represent it all meaningfully. In my experience, few strike this balance as seemingly effortlessly as my friend and colleague Anne Midgette.