CLASSICAL MUSIC

Daniel Ginsberg
Washington Post
Thursday, October 14, 2004; Page C09

What strikes you immediately when you hear the singing of mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink is her sense of proportion and integrity. Every note, phrase and ornament seems to serve the song… To listen to Fink's Tuesday evening recital presented by the Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center was to experience a refined yet engaging artistic display…

Paired with the Schubert and the Brahms on the program were two Dvorak song cycles, whose composer Fink has championed …

Throughout this stellar evening, pianist Roger Vignoles provided sensitive accompaniment, enriching the music's textures and perfectly complementing Fink's artistry.


Franz Schubert

Gretchen am Spinnrade
Im Frühling
Lachen und Weinen
Du bist die Ruh
Die junge Nonne

Antonin Dvorák

Písne Milostné op. 83 (sung in Slovak)
Never will love lead us
Death reigns in many a human breast
I wander oftyonder house
I know that on my love to thee
Nature lies peaceful
In deepest forest I stand
When thy sweet glances on me fall
Thou only dear one

Johannes Brahms

Vergebliches Ständchen
Wie Melodien zieht es
Der Gang zum Liebchen
Sapphische Ode
Das Mädchen spricht
Meine Liebe ist grün

Antonin Dvorák

Písne z rupopisu Královédvorského op. 7 (sung in Slovak)
The Flowery Message
Rosebud
The Cuckoo
The Lark
The forsaken Maiden
Strawberries