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Fine Sound Display and Virtuosic Elegance

Recital as a Moving Finale of the German-Polish Meetings in the Town Church

By Elisa Hernicek

In the final concert of the German-Polish Meetings, four sacred works by Polish composers of the 19th and 20th century were woven into the program around Chopin's Piano Concerto. Christian-Markus Raiser engagingly directed the Karlsruhe Bach Choir, the Camerata 2000, and the soloists Simone Fessner [soprano], Sibylle Kamphues [alto], Andreas Reibenspies [baritone], and Sontraud Speidel [piano].

[...] Chopin's Piano Concerto was the centerpiece of this evening. Sontraud Speidel varied the themes of the Maestoso with fine scales of masterly elegance and with breath-taking sovereignty. She presented the richly decorated Norturne melody of the Larghetto with its expressive middle section with delicacy. The Concerto ended with a dancing Allegro. The Polish Mazurka, which is contained herein, benefitted particularly by the precise shaping of the rhythm. The brilliant pianist was honored with many calls of 'bravo'. [...]

Badische Neueste Nachrichten Karlsruhe, April 11, 2006

Translation: Dr. Jürgen Rodeland, John Nisbet