Rising Baritone: The Week in Classical Music

in addition to also if you’re in Los Angeles (lucky you), check out the L.A. Phil, which is actually performing Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 12 — settings of lyrics through David Bowie’s album “Lodger” — under the baton of John Adams on Friday in addition to also Sunday. I spoke with Mr. Adams in addition to also Mr. Glass about the work:


in which says something in which a song cycle of despair, heartbreak, alienation in addition to also yearning for death has become an anthem of our unsettled times. Schubert’s mournful “Winterreise,” which he worked on up to his death at 31, has been a regular feature of recent completely new York seasons, sung by some of the planet’s greatest singers.

I have seen stagings of the cycle, although I have never seen a performance more theatrical than the one the German baritone Benjamin Appl gave, without any props at all, on Thursday inside Park Avenue Armory’s intimate Board of Officers Room.

in which was the kind of vocal acting — fearlessly physical, having a broad palette of tones in addition to also styles, in addition to also a willingness to go for the occasional unbeautiful moment when called for by the text — in which could devolve into histrionics. although Mr. Appl was utterly convincing.

He made a vivid miniature of each song. For “Frühlingstraum,” Mr. Appl brought out the Jekyll-in addition to also-Hyde contrast terrifyingly. After singing the sweet opening passage, a vision of merry birds in a May meadow, he seemed to turn on a dime, changing his voice in addition to also bearing to deliver the shock of the next section: a bitter waking nightmare of crowing roosters, shrieking ravens in addition to also loneliness.

in which was only in those ferocious moments in which you realized his foreshadowing: How, even inside loveliest passages of the song’s opening, there had been something unhinged in his voice, in addition to also his eyes. MICHAEL COOPER