The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Mark Pad­more (tenor), Kris­tian Bezuiden­hout (fortepi­ano)

Har­mo­nia Mundi HMU 907611 As a com­poser of songs,Schu­bert was such a gamechanger that his out­put has tended to over­shadow even the songs of pre­cur­sors as great as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Here tenor Mark Pad­more and fortepi­anist Kris­tian Bezuiden­hout tackle 15 of the ear­lier com­posers’ works (among them Haydn’s She never

told her love, Mozart’s Das Veilchen and an ide­al­is­tic, ar­rest­ing late Ma­sonic can­tata, and Beethoven’s An die ferne

Geliebte) with a fresh­ness that has an air of artis­tic restora­tion. Pad­more’s nor­mal mode, of­ten vi­brato-free, is of such an in­ti­macy that he might al­most be ad­dress­ing his be­guil­ing, care­fully con­toured de­liv­ery to you alone. With such de­tail and depth, you imag­ine, he could make a tele­phone di­rec­tory in­ter­est­ing.

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