Lucy Crowe & Anna Tilbrook - Longing [Live] - The Guardian

The programme, bittersweet in mood, consisted of lieder and English-language songs dealing with hope and longing, with a wonderful performance of Berg’s Seven Early Songs at its centre. The set suits Crowe uncommonly well, with her exquisite tone, fastidious sense of line, and understated but telling way with words. Liebesode was all refined sensuality, and in Sommertage, the eventual release into light after the dreams and raptures of the preceding nocturnes, was as touching as it was contented.

This is very much a partnership of equals, where each almost intuitively understands the other, and Tilbrook always knows when to hold back to allow the vocal line to do the work, and when to let the piano carry the emotional weight.

The Guardian
02 June 2020