Benjamin Butterfield delights in a program filled entirely with songs about girls, the repertoire spanning nations and centuries, for example Adelaide (Beethoven), Sylvie (Faure), Phydilé (DuParc), Als Luise due briefe (Mozart), Caroline (Newman) and others.
“Butterfield is not only a very accomplished recitalist, he is also a natural communicator. Wearing his sophistication lightly in his remarks, he presented a highly polished program of songs that mixed familiar items with rarities that the audience greatly enjoyed.
Butterfield chose to open with two short French items by Mozart, his singing of them poised and chaste, a perfect example of classical singing in a high style.
“This was followed by a Schubert set and the Liederkreis, Op. 24, to poems by Heinrich Heine. Butterfield gave a memorable account of these well-known songs…. the musical result was quite magical.
“Butterfield sounds very like an English tenor, and his own singing of English songs revealed him to be a very classy singer indeed.”