The Wigmore Hall has upped its game over the years since John Gilhooley took charge. He has done a great job in expanding the chamber music activity as well as serving the world of the "art song" very comprehensively. The current Schubert project is a remarkable achievement and by and large the song series overall gives us in London the world's best practitioners!
Wednesday evening's recital was by Patricia Petibon who was was rightly, I think, described in the Guardian as "a voice mixing muslin and steel, this beguiling performer defied classification in a show that was more surreal revue than recital". And when her CD appeared, labelled, as was this recital, as La Belle Excentrique, it divided the cognoscenti many of whom felt that French song was not being well served.......
We have been somewhat spoilt here, oddly you may say, with such artists as Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson, and Malcolm Martineau acting as superb advocates and exponents of this repertoire, and all three widely admired in France as well. François Le Roux seems to be the chief passionate and informed scholar/performer keeping safe the integrity of French song.
I am having a quiet time as you may have gathered - though the Christmas shopping for my huge family has taken its toll. I am off to Somerset tomorrow to inspect grandchild number 11. I will be there for 36 hours or so - back on Sunday evening.