Thomas Quasthoff at Carnegie Hall

Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 04:25 PM

I've been waiting for years to go to a Thomas Quasthoff concert. I'd seen him on T.V. and listened to his recordings, but last night I finally got to hear him in person at Carnegie Hall.

With anticipatation that's built up for so long, it's sometimes hard for an event to live up to your expectations. But every once in a while, it does. 

The recital went beyond superb singing. Quasthoff's interpretation--or rather, embodiment--of the material was what makes a recital truly great. And I loved the easy way he spoke to the audience, using humor to make us all feel like Carnegie Hall was one big living room, and we were his guests for the evening.

Invite me over again soon, Mr. Quasthoff. I'll be there. Especially if you sing Erlkönig.

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Comments [3]

eric shumsky

I would like to thank Naomi Lewin for rebroadcasting the great recordings of my late father, Oscar Shumsky. Dad was one of the greatest violinist/violist-musicians of the 20th Century and his recordings need to be heard by a vast batallion of gifted violinists yet but for the most part quite musically lost I am sorry to say.

I would love to be able to communicate at some point since we have a web site devoted to his recordings ( his disc ography is huge and yet most non musicians dont even know who he was!!) The recording company is Vestige Classics recordings: www.shumskymusic.com

May. 10 2010 01:34 PM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

I have not seen Herr Quasthoff live yet, but I admire not only his voice and interpretation but his perseverance in getting where he is today in the face of adversity.

Ah, "Erlkonig"! Though it is a great dramatic triumph by Schubert, he did, in fact, write a few other songs, yet, in the period between Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoonn this week on QXR I heard "Erlkonig" twice, but no "Aufenthalt", or "der Lindenbaum", or Der Leiermann", to name but a few. Can we not be less of a "top 40" station, with such a wealth of material to choose from?

May. 07 2010 11:12 AM
Mardi-Ellen Hill from Brooklyn Heights, NY

Hello Naomi Lewin,
I am just listening to your thursday 6PM broadcast of Aaron Copland's Billy The Kid . Speaking of concert halls as one big living room, your voice has that living room warmth and spread in it. no matter when or where I cue in! Thanks for your comments about Mr. Quasthoff. I too love Erlkonig. Sorry no umlauts handy on this computer....
Mardi-Ellen Hill, Brooklyn Heights, NY

May. 06 2010 06:09 PM

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