Kind of blue

Königsblue at Westminster Music Library, May 2015: Timea Gazdag (soprano) and Dasol Lee (piano)

Take one soprano with “sensitive communication, particularly in pieces with a lyrical tone”, and a pianist, an active soloist whose playing has been described as being “sensitive and musical” and having “beautiful tone”, and it would seem at the outset that these two talented musicians have a fair bit in common. Both students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, it wasn’t long before they discovered how much they enjoyed making music together, so much so that it seemed rather a good idea to form a duo, and so Königsblue was born. But why ‘Königsblue’?

Königsblue at Westminster Music Library, May 2015: Timea GazdagSoprano Timea Gazdag explains:

“It’s really a ‘bluo’. I come from Hungary, a strange place where everyone is sad. I now live in the UK, where no-one would tell you if they are”.

Königsblue at Westminster Music Library, May 2015: Timea GazdagOh dear, was Königsblue’s recital at Westminster Music Library for the good folks of our community going to be an evening filled with melancholy tunes, wringing of hands and weeping? She goes on to say:

“I am an art song person, cabaret music, folk music, country music”.

Scanning through the Google I found a review of their début concert in April 2014, it seems to have had an enthusiastic audience and was described as “fun” – maybe my fears were groundless? Indeed they were.

Opening the recital with a selection from Robert Schumann’s song cycles ‘Liederalbum für die Jugend (Album of songs for the Young)’, and ‘Myrthen’, it was clear that even though some of these songs have rather unhappy themes, our two musicians were keen to show Schumann’s lighter side, selecting songs which depicted the countryside and Spring from the first cycle, and from Myrthen – which the composer dedicated to his wife Clara – songs full of images of bridal flowers and love.

We were then treated to a polished solo piano performance by Dasol Lee of ‘8 Valses poéticos’, a collection of romantic waltzes by the twentieth Century Spanish composer Enrique Granados. Technically challenging, the music was perfect for this warm, spring evening, bringing to mind as it does flamboyant Spanish dancers:

With Timea’s performance of Pamina’s aria ‘Ach, ich fühl’s’ from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (a classic tale of “he doesn’t love me any more” when everybody knows he’s potty about her), and a selection from Hugo Wolf’s song cycle Möricke-Lieder, the concert all too quickly drew to a close.

So was this recital full of doom and gloom, unrequited love, sadness and anguish? Was our audience awash with tears?  Judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces, I think not…

“An excellent performance, I was delighted to see the power of music – there should be no barriers to great music – abounds”

“Very enjoyable, remarkable up-coming artists”

“A really beautiful recital, looking forward to more concerts in the Library”

 [Ruth]

Tonight at the Music Library: the London Mandolin Ensemble! More details on the Events at Westminster Music Library page.

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One response to “Kind of blue

  1. The concert was amazing, well done! 🙂

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