Great ideas: Fenlon & Fenlon

Great ideas: Fenlon & Fenlon

Jenna Simeonov

Canadian soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon is redefining what it means to curate one’s own recital.

Fenlon has compiled selected songs of Franz Schubert’s, into a cycle she has dubbed Liebesbotschaft; she’ll not only sing, but accompany herself at the piano.

It’s an extremely personal way of presenting music of the traditional recital canon; with Liebesbotschaft, Fenlon shows audiences not only what she feels about Schubert’s songs, but distills her interpretation of the voice and piano parts into a singular source. The cycle is compiled to evoke “striking poetic and harmonic expedition”, and the autonomy she earns by self-accompaniment offers “a spontaneous, relevant, and impromptu feeling” to well-loved music.

Fenlon will tour Liebesbotschaft through London, Paris, Berlin and Oslo, and she’ll first offer a preview performance in Toronto. You can hear her on June 17, at 8pm at Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. Tickets start at $20, and they’re available right here.



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