In the media - Bigger delivery area please

13 September 2010

Source: North Shore Times
Published: Friday 10 September 2010

TENOR Brad Cooper, who as a boy delivered the North Shore Times in St Ives, drew a large and enthusiastic audience to the Con for his recital on August 31.

Accompanied by David Miller, Cooper chose a meaty selection of offerings mostly from the heartland of the art song repertory, starting with Ravel's Cinq meHodies populaires grecques, whose contrasting moods he underscored most effectively.

Then came a generous Richard Strauss bracket whose highlights were an impassioned reading of Cdcilie, a restrained and lyrical narrative flow in Stdndchen and a captivating

reading of Das Rosenband ending on a deliciously drawn out and muted Elysium.

He saved his best for last, though - a bracket of six songs by Roger Quilter where he missed no tricks between the jaunty strains of Sigh No More, Ladies, and the all-stops-out exuberance of Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind and, finally, Love's Philosophy.

His large and inherently pleasing sound needs a larger venue than the Con's Recital Hall

East to be heard to maximum advantage many segments of this recital would have been

more satisfying had he reined it in a trifle.

Contact: Mick Le Moignan

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