I'm just back from an exciting few days recording Mahler Rückert Lieder,
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder and Liebestod with the Quatuor Schumann in a
wonderful hall in Switzerland. We were supposed to do it in June last
year but I lost my voice in mid-hayfever-season and was somewhat
apprehensive that the only time we could reschedule it was this June!
Anyway, we managed it and I hope the results will be as interesting as
the sessions were enjoyable! I went straight from there to Riga to do
one performance of 'La Voix Humaine' in the production from Lyon with
Juraj Valcuha in the lovely Opera house in Riga. I loved my all too
brief visit to Latvia and the warm and friendly people who looked after
me there. Riga is a beautiful city, spacious and airy with lots of parks,
and the nearby Baltic Sea coast was spectacular. I wished I could have
stayed longer to explore, but I had a recital with Sir Thomas Allen in
London, and that was, as ever, a treat.