English Bass Matthew Rose in Recital at the Kennedy Center

Matthew Rose (bass), Vlad Iftinca (piano), Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Matthew Rose is a singer full of promise — his rich, powerful bass has earned him operatic and oratorio engagements the world over. But as an interpreter of the rarified repertory of German lieder, or art song, the U.K. native is not quite a finished artist.

Rose, 36, devoted the second half of his inconsistent Vocal Arts DC recital Sunday afternoon at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater to Schubert’s “Schwanengesang.” This posthumous collection of 14 songs rewards the protean singer who can capture its varied moods and personas, and Rose has the voice — dark, firm and weighty yet capable of subtle shadings. He tends to oversing climaxes and lacks some suppleness, but his limitations as a lieder singer seem to have more to do with artistic temperament than with vocal technique…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, October 20, 2014)

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