Miah Persson and Malcom Martineau at Wigmore Hall
Miah Persson is a wonderful soprano that has chosen a intelligent career path rather than taking any role offer from any big opera house.
She, Malcom Martineau at the piano, started the recital with a selection of Haydn English Canzonettas. That was a perfect light beginning to warm up the voice and the audience. Then the house special: Mozart. A set of 6 German lieder and the magic Italian song K579 Un moto di gioia. We felt all that gioia listening to her. I wanted even to skip the intermission to keep listening to her!
Second part was devoted to 20th century, opening with a very fine performance of rarely heard Zemlinsky’s 6 Waltzes after Tuscany songs followed by more popular Berg’s 7 lieder on its original piano version. Persson sung them with extreme clarity showing the melodic side of the composer before the 12-tone world.
The encore was one of the most lovely performances I have heard of Mozart aria Porgi Amor. LOVELY.