On Wednesday evening the Austrian Cultural Forum opened its spring series of Austrian Lieder recitals, called An das Lied: Festival of Song 2007. A large audience filled the main hall at the Embassy of Austria to hear a complete performance of Hugo Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch (a week after the same performers gave this recital at Weill Hall in New York). The main draw, at least by the placement of his name on the program, was baritone Wolfgang Holzmair (previously reviewed by Jens in a 2004 recital and a 2005 recital), who sang all of the male-voiced songs. Even soprano Linda Watson, on one of her evenings off from Hojotoho-ing in the Washington National Opera's production of Die Walküre, came to listen.
Susanna Phillips, photo by Dario Acosta
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The An das Lied Festival continues through May 24. The performances organized by the artistic directors, pianists Thomas Bagwell and Markus Vorzellner, feature young singers in recitals devoted to Viennese composers from the classical period to the present: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven (John Dickie, April 16); Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin (Jesse Blumberg, April 18); Brahms and Wolf (Arisa Kusumi and Thomas Meglioranza, April 20); Mahler (Scott Murphree and Robert Gardner, April 24); Zemlinksy, Schreker, and Berg (Hermine Haselböck, April 28); and many more. All of the remaining recitals begin at 7:30 pm and are free (but make a reservation).