Vocal Arts's Peerless Lieder
By Tim Page
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 8, 2005; C04

… On Sunday night … the Vocal Arts Society presented an evening of Wolf's "Morike Lieder," songs set to words by the German priest and lyric poet Eduard Morike … sung on Sunday by the baritone Stephan Genz and the soprano Joan Rodgers, in full partnership with the unfailingly alert and responsive pianist Roger Vignoles.

"To turn the pages of this collection is to enter Morike's world, but transmuted so magically into music that both text and music seem to be infused with the same light," Vignoles observed in liner notes he wrote for a CD of the complete "Morike Lieder."

Rodgers has a full, warm, highly expressive soprano voice, as well as the brains and subtlety to mine every nuance … her vocalizing took on a lush, near-instrumental quality that was ethereally lovely.

Genz, too, was a model of intelligence and attention to detail …

All in all, the four-way collaboration -- Wolf, Vignoles, Genz and Rodgers -- proved an immaculately blended one, and rewarded every bit of the fierce concentration it demanded …

Program

Hugo Wolf
Mörike Lieder

Fußreise
Der Knabe und das Immlein
Jägerlied
Das verlassene Mägdelein
Begegnung
Er ist's
Auf einer Wanderung
Im Frühling
Der Gärtner
Auf einer Christblume I
Elfenlied
Auf ein altes Bild
Wo find ich Trost
Denk es, O Seele

Der Jäger
Lied vom Winde
Lied eines Verliebten
Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens
Der Feuerreiter
Gebet
Lebe wohl
Nixe Binsefuß
Selbstgeständnis
Verborgenheit
Abschied