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Jung Soo Yun - Richard Tauber Prize recital, with Joseph Middleton

A recital in two parts; we nearly left after the first, because this tenor's songs from Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin and Richard Strauss' Opus 10 were so lack-lustre that one fell to wondering about this prize and its Society, which provided only a small audience at Wigmore Hall.

The tone was dry and unlovely and his posture was not encouraging, with a right hand clutching the frame of the piano nervously and continuously for the full half hour.

After necessary refreshment Yun returned another man and another singer, with a bright open operatic tenor, obviously more comfortable in Tosti ballads, native Korean folk songs, and decent accounts of Gounod and Tchaikovsky arias than in German lieder & French chansons; the latter selection also enlivening Joseph Middleton's always accomplished accompaniments.

Richard Tauber's Dein ist mein ganzes Herz paid due tribute to a favourite tenor of my youth, marking the last Richard Tauber Prize in its present format.

Peter Grahame Woolf


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