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
(1876-1946)
El paño moruno
Seguidilla murciana
Asturiana
Jota
Nana
Canción
Polo

Hermit Songs, Op. 29
Samuel Barber
(1910-1981)
At Saint Patrick’s Purgatory
Church Bell at Night
Saint Ita’s Vision
The Heavenly Banquet
The Crucifixion
Sea-Snatch
Promiscuity
The Monk and His Cat
The Praises of God
The Desire for Hermitage

From Les soirées musicales Gioachino Rossini
(1792-1868)
La Promessa
La partenza
L’invito
La Danza

Sposalizio, from Années de pèlerinage, 2e année, Italie Franz Liszt
(1811-1886)
Warren Jones, piano

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)

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