“Voices of Our Time: Ian Bostridge” is yet another
excellent recital DVD from this series. This program was
performed in 2000 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Roger Vignoles was the pianist.
One of the things that I like about this series is the
blend of artist interview footage with the groups of
songs performed in the recitals. In this case,
Bostridge and Vignoles weighed in on the various
aspects of the repertoire at hand, and their
performance art in general. Some might object to
these interruptions, and opine that such footage
should be relegated to “bonus feature” status,
but I had no problem with this artistic choice,
particularly when presented in a DVD format.
Bostridge and Vignoles performed a well-planned
recital of songs by Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf,
which were grouped thematically. Bostridge is a
penetrating artist, possessing a fine lyric tenor
instrument, which he uses in service of the text.
However, I did feel that he could have provided
more different colors to the characters portrayed
while performing Schubert’s “Erlkönig,” but this
was a minor quibble. The highest level of standards
was maintained by these artists. The sound
reproduction was excellent, as was the camera work
on this 90-minute disc. The accompanying booklet
includes an informative essay and biographies of
the performers. It’s released under the TDK/RM
Associates label, and I highly recommend it.