Review Concert featuring Joo Cho (soprano) and Marino Nahon (pianist) as part of the King’s School Ely Concert Series in the Recital Hall, Hayward Theatre 12th November 2010

One of the purest forms of expression available to singers can be found in the Lieder repertoire and Joo Cho, a fine soprano from South Korea, took full advantage of the variety of expression and emotional depth in the works by Schubert, Liszt, Brahms and Schumann that made up the programme she presented on Friday as part of the King’s School Ely Concert Society Series.

Italian pianist Marino Nahon complemented her singing perfectly, fusing with the singer to enhance the sustained tension that pervaded the works. His amazing feats of exact articulation and his ability to create emotive, multidimensional textures were particularly impressive. 

The concert opened with a number works by one of the most valued composers of Lieder, Schubert.  These included Am Flusse (By the River), An Sylvia (Who is Sylvia?), Kolmas Klage, Im Frühling (In Spring), Die junge Nonne (The young Nun), Dass sie hier gewesen (That They Were Here), Der Zwerg (The Gnome), Nacht und Träume (Night and Dreams)  and Erlkönig (The Erlking). Her beautiful voice, exquisite vibrato and discerning shaping of the line, her clear diction and personal involvement in the colour and drama of the songs brought them to life. Kolmas Klage’s emotional darkness contrasted well with the lightness and freshness of Im Frühling   Together the performers moved through emotionally charged changes of mood and texture ranging from an almost tangible softness and sense of wonder to the heightened fury of the pain and suffering of death. 

After interval, Liszt’s Die Loreley, the tale of the maiden tempting sailors to their death was followed by an imposing homage to eternal love (Von ewiger Liebe) by Brahms.

The evening ended with Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 39 and included In der Fremde (In a Distant Land), Intermezzo, Wald gespräch (Conversation in the Wood), Die Stille (The Silence), Mondnacht (Midnight), Schöne Fremde (Beautious Foreign Land), Auf einer Burg (In a Castle), In der Fremde (In a distant Land), Wehmut (Melancholy), Zwielight (Twilight), Im Walder (In the Woods) and Frühlingsnacht (Spring Night).

The performers’ excellent sense of timing, their ability to capture the essence of expression in moments of bliss (in Intermezzo) intimacy (in Wald gespräch), sustained beauty (in Mondnacht) stateliness (Auf einer Burg) and anguish (in In der Fremde) were phenomenal.  

This was indeed a splendid evening and the encore well deserved.

The next Concert Series event will be The Mediterranean Piano Trio on Friday 21st January 2011 730 pm in the Recital Hall

Contact: Lisa Bushell (01353) 653931) email


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2 Responses to “Review Concert featuring Joo Cho (soprano) and Marino Nahon (pianist) as part of the King’s School Ely Concert Series in the Recital Hall, Hayward Theatre 12th November 2010”

  1. fiker Says:

    To-day 9 janvier 2011

    Encore bravo pour le concert à l’église américaine.

    Avez-vous enregistré un CD avec Joo CHO. Si oui quelle est
    sa référence.


    • rjwestwell Says:

      I am sorry I do not have any more information about the concert. Perhaps you should google her name for information about her CD if she has made one?

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