Joseph Levitt, tenor with Robert Palmer, piano 

Butler University Guest Artist Recital

9/15/09 7:30 Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

Tenor Joseph Levitt and pianist Robert Palmer, both faculty from Ball State University, presented an evening of passionately performed lieder at their Guest Recital at Butler University last Tuesday. Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe, performed in its entirety, set the tone for the evening. Levitt's emotive voice, accompanied by Palmer's sensitive and expressive playing brought out the character of each song, while still keeping the continuity of the entire work. The two, who have worked together for a while, shared an almost uncanny musical connection — each knowing how to react to the other instantly. Each had their moment to shine, for Levitt it was Schumann's song "Ich hab' im Traum geweinet (I wept in my dream)". Featuring the most unaccompanied singing on the program, Levitt had room to let his lines take their time. Similarly, Palmer's ending to Franz Liszt's "I' vidi in terra" took its time resolving itself, lingering until just the right moment.

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