Concert Review: Eric Owens & Susanna Phillips
Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Susanna Phillips joined PCMS on Tuesday, March 24 at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. This special duo recital with pianist Myra Huang and guest artists Ricardo Morales, clarinet and Jennifer Montone, horn, was rescheduled from January 9, 2015. Philadelphia Inquirer Classical Music Critic David Patrick Stearns was on hand to review the performance.
The group's all-Schubert program featured 15 distinct works, including Auf dem Strom, D. 943; Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118; An die Musik, D. 547; and Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965.
In his review, entitled "Tears and history inform this Schubert recital," Stearns describes Philadelphia native Owens as "a master story-teller, who often gives not just the characters of the song's scenario but the larger world in which they exist" and Phillips as "no longer a merely promising young singer, she's a mature artist with a highly personal relationship with Schubert." While Stearns feels that Owens' "sense of expression... lacked great precision," he nevertheless "showed plenty of evidence of what a well-studied resourceful Schubert interpreter he is, in ways that were wonderfully complementary to recital partner Phillips." Read the full review on Philly.com.