The praise continues for Laura Claycomb’s performances with the San Francisco Symphony – this time from the San Francisco Classical Voice:
“It is obvious that soprano Laura Claycomb has “lived” with the Brentano Lieder for some time. She sang them with MTT and the Symphony in 2005, and everything about her performance last week showed a deep awareness and understanding of both the text and the music. From the way her posture and demeanor changed with every song to the effortless way in which she blended lyricism with virtuosity, Claycomb captured and conveyed the essence of Strauss’ five Brentano Lieder (the sixth song, “Lied der Frauen,” which completes the cycle, is often omitted as it was here). It was an outstanding interpretation in every way.” —Niels Swinkels, San Francisco Classical Voice
Open Your Heart
This beguiling album is the first for Delos by brilliant American coloratura soprano Laura Claycomb. Best-known for her work in opera, she explores here an entirely different aspect of her artistry: a more intimate and personal interpretive approach featuring assorted art songs with guitar. And she has found an ideal partner in guitar wizard Marc Teicholz: her longtime collaborator and musical accomplice.