Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, In Fine Form

By Tim Page
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 7, 2005; Page C05

Isabel Bayrakdarian has a high, bright soprano voice that she employs with a lithe and winning energy; her Friday night recital at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, sponsored by the Vocal Arts Society, had much to commend it.…

Barber … the most immaculate of American musical craftsmen. Every note in his work is there for a reason, and some of the "Hermit Songs" have the concentrated intensity of haiku. Bayrakdarian managed to give each song its individual due, while working it into a larger totality.

A selection of songs by Rossini … provided the evening's greatest pleasures. The music is wonderful -- warm, inventive, full of humor and pathos -- and Bayrakdarian gave it her all, with teasing wit and expansive lyricism. …

the evening's uncommonly sensitive pianist, Warren Jones, played a selection from Liszt …

Bayrakdarian … [closed] the evening with a selection of four songs by Tchaikovsky -- beautiful music, sung with abundant feeling.…

Siete canciones populares españolas
Manuel de Falla
El paño moruno
Seguidilla murciana

Hermit Songs, Op. 29
Samuel Barber
At Saint Patrick’s Purgatory
Church Bell at Night
Saint Ita’s Vision
The Heavenly Banquet
The Crucifixion
The Monk and His Cat
The Praises of God
The Desire for Hermitage

From Les soirées musicales Gioachino Rossini
La Promessa
La partenza
La Danza

Sposalizio, from Années de pèlerinage, 2e année, Italie Franz Liszt
Warren Jones, piano

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Kalybel’naya pesnya, Op. 16,
   No. 1
Zabyt' tak skoro
Kukushka, Op. 54, No. 8
Den li tsarit, Op. 47, No. 6