LIED / ART SONG RECITALS

Examples of current recitals with Catherine Swanson:

Special Programme
Recitals with piano and / or quality instrumental soloists

swanson"Arpa gentil - Songs and Arias for Soprano and Harp"
Works of Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, dell'Aqua, Moore, Fauré, R.Strauss (Premiere 2010)
Videoclips of "Arpa Gentil"

swanson"La chanson des oiseaux - Songs for Soprano, Flute and Piano"
Works of Händel, Caldara, Saint-Saens, Benedict, Delibes u.a. (Premiere 2005)

swanson"Ave Maria - Marian Songs for Soprano and Organ"
Works of Mendelssohn, Mozart, Fauré, Verdi, Reger, u.a. (Premiere 2009)

swanson"The Shepherd on the Rock - Romantic Songs for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano"
Works of Schubert, Spohr, Kalliwoda und Meyerbeer (Premiere 2012)


"... in Word and Song"
Recitals with Piano and Text Recitation

swanson"An Evening Entertainment with Jane Austen"
Popular Art Songs of the Regency era with passages from her novels. (Premiere 2012).
Watch the Videos

swanson"My songs are poisoned"
Musical settings and works of Heinrich Heine (Premiere 2009)

swanson"Are you still true and strong?"
Songs and correspondence of Clara und Robert Schumann (Premiere 2006)

swanson"I kiss your Grace's hand 100.000 times"
Songs, anecdotes and correspondence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Premiere 2006)

swanson"Ave Maria"
Musical settings by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Gounod, Reger, Verdi, Puccini (Premiere 2009)

swanson"I stand like a donkey between two bales of hay"
Songs and correspondence of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn


Classic Song Programmes

swanson"Voices of Spring"
Songs of Springtime by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Bizet (Premiere 2006)

swanson"Opera Composers in Song"
Songs of Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Verdi, R. Strauss (Premiere 2003)

swanson"Love Songs"
The most beautiful love songs of various Classical composers


Recital Reviews:

"The voice of Catherine Swanson is well-placed, captivating with its wonderful delivery and perfect intonation. These virtues not only stood the test in Mendelssohn's simplicity, but also with the Romantic facets of the songs by Schumann and Brahms. Especially delightful was the last group of Chansons by Georges Bizet. Here the soprano could demonstrate that she's also at home in the world of Coloratura." (Ludwigsburger Tageblatt)

"The public was highly enthralled with the choice of programme and by the high standard of interpretation, showing their appreciation with prolonged applause, and was treated to two encore selections." (Ludwigsburger Tageblatt)

"...Her technique is brilliant, her intonation immaculate. Whether she interprets a forlorn Verdi aria, songs of Robert Schumann or the virtuoso songs of Richard Strauss, one always feels caught up in the maelstrom of her expressiveness..." (Südkurier)

"Catherine Swanson's soprano has a particular charm, being equipped with an individual colour and beautiful, natural timbre... a voice carried by much warmth and fullness, which has an extremely pleasant, gorgeously introverted tone." (Westfalen-Blatt)

"Meticulous, supple, and with great dynamic flexibility describes the performance of Catherine Swanson, whose clear, luminous soprano has become more voluminous and expressive. In the higher registers she fascinates with controlled dramatic augmentation... The large audience was delighted by Catherine Swanson’s magnificent coloratura in the final three compositions -- a perfect and heartily applauded musical lark." (Basler Zeitung)

"The abundant opera experience of the soprano Catherine Swanson was immediately visible and audible. Confident, witty and with her unique charm, she understood how to captivate the audience, making largely comprehensible the lightness and depth of this often inexplicable mixture in Mozart's music. In addition, she has "breathtaking" high tones at her disposal; her flexible voice seems to know no boundaries." (Südwest Courier)

"As clear as a bell and with precise intonation, Catherine Swanson sang compositions of the birthday-boy Mozart... a fabulous event which should definitely be repeated on Mr. Mozart’s 300th birthday!!" - (Basellandschaftliche Zeitung)

"You have understood, in the flood of Mozart festivities, how to create a wonderful moment of glory. This was so beautifully arranged: the song selection, the delivery, wonderful music performed with wonderful warmth, the texts well selected and read in a splendid fashion. All of that made for a truly inspiring evening. In short, you see a more than satisfied, fulfilled listener" - (Letter to the editor)

Catherine Swanson, Sopran