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Ensemble

Winning Flexibility

A recital by Agnieszka Kozlowska and Beate Toyka,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Polish soprano Agnieszka Kozlowska first came to Derby audiences' attention a couple of years ago, in a charity recital in support of plans to restore Derby's Hippodrome Theatre. So she already had something of a local following for her song recital with pianist Beate Toyka (Derby Chamber Music, Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University, Derby UK, 23 January 2015).

Together they got to the expressive core of much of a wide-ranging programme, exploring a fine dynamic range, though Kozlowska's voice was not helped by the aftermath of a heavy cold, with top notes inclined to be squally, and a tendency to swallow ends of phrases.

She captured the eagerness of Schumann's Er Ist's and start of Strauss' Zueignung, and brought out the playfulness of Serenades by Strauss (Op 17 No 2) and Brahms (Op 106 No 1)...

Copyright © 1 February 2015 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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BEATE TOYKA

ROBERT SCHUMANN

RICHARD STRAUSS

JOHANNES BRAHMS

HUGO WOLF

FRANZ SCHUBERT

GABRIEL FAURE

KURT WEILL

FRANCIS POULENC

ALBERTO GINASTERA

VOCAL MUSIC

PIANO MUSIC

DERBY CHAMBER MUSIC

MULTI-FAITH CENTRE

DERBY UNIVERSITY

DERBY

UNITED KINGDOM

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