Excellent Reviews for Soloists in Liverpool

Olga Mykytenko and Alexey Kosarev have drawn praise for their recent performances in a concert at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. Below are some excerpts from two reviews:

From the opening, Lament For A Dead Child – a brittle dialogue between soprano and mezzo – the tone was set and we were quickly enveloped in Shostakovich’s ambivalent sound world. All three singers, Olga Mykytenko, Jennifer Johnston and tenor Alexey Kosarev, made excellent contributions, evincing woe, terror or – in the bitterly ironic finale Happiness – unconvincing triumph. This was a wholly convincing performance of a work that demands sincerity in execution. Petrenko and his singers, backed up by a large orchestra despite the deceptively light scoring, wore their hearts on their sleeves…

[On Das klagende Lied] The three soloists were as impressive here as in the Shostakovich and when the piece was brought to a close with another granitic clout from the brass, the audience was left with a sense you normally get from hearing a tale brought to life by an expert storyteller. The whole Klagende Lied had an organic unity that must have been difficult to achieve, but here was a group with the skills to pull it off. — Richard Ely, bachtrack.com

The Phil certainly got their money’s worth from the soloists, with the trio – returning soprano Olga Mykytenko and Liverpool mezzo Jennifer Johnston, and new boy Alexey Kosarev – already having performed Shostakovich’s 11 songs From Jewish Poetry before the interval. Mykytenko showed a lovely clarity of tone…Kosarev meanwhile is a giant of a man with a giant voice – no reedy tenor tones, there was real power and punch in his performance. And he really did perform. — Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo

The programme for the concert was:

Strauss R., Intermezzo: suite (First Interlude)
Shostakovich, From Jewish Folk Poetry, song cycle, Op 79a
Mahler, Das klagende Lied