Reflections on fallen men: Mark Padmore at Wigmore Hall

Schumann, Wigglesworth, Janáček: Mark Padmore ***

Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega

Ryan Wigglesworth
© Benjamin Ealovega

Wigmore Hall, 12th May 2016

There isn’t an ideal English title translation for Verdi’s La traviata. Often given asThe Fallen Woman, it can be more accurately translated as “the woman who has gone astray”. Even ENO prefers its Italian title. Rather than The Fallen Woman, Mark Padmore’s fine Wigmore Hall recital could have borne the title The Fallen Man as two of the works chart the downfall of men, albeit in very different ways. The country lad in Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared succumbs to temptation and runs away with a gypsy girl, while Narcissus falls in love with his own reflection.

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