Together with Symphonia domestica in the 2nd
part of the concert, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio
led by Rossen Milanov celebrated the anniversary of the composer’s
birthday (June 11, 1864). It was a wisely selected program in which the
gorgeous soprano of Krassimira Stoyanova excelled. After Li˘ at the Met,
Vitellia (Aix-en-Provence), Anna from Le Villi (Vienna), Donna Anna
(Bilbao) in 2005 and Desdemona (Barcelona and Tokyo) in 2006, her voice
acquired more dramatic sonority and greater artistic facility to use shades
of color, fine details and accents to express the unsuspected depth of human
soul—what these Vier letzte Lieder mostly demand. Her elegant
phrasing and masterly control of dynamics (a fortunate heritage of her
professional background as a violinist) make one forget the abundance of
vocal difficulties that the singer must surmount to impart a sacred ritual
Stoyanova sang the virtuoso passages in Fr¸hling with stunning
flexibility and fleetness; she saturated September and Beim
Schlafengehen with warmth, tenderness and quiet melancholy; and, she
performed Im Abendrot movingly, suggesting the approach of the end.
The Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio and Rossen Milanov did their
best to match the rich pallette of Stoyanova’s vocal mastery.
Vier letzte Lieder have always been a great challenge for the
great singers. And no doubt Krassimira Stoyanova is one of them.
Our correspondent in Bulgaria