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Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) – 1 (Michael Mofidian and Keval Shah)

By | Published on Tuesday 13 August 2019

Industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie latterly believed that an interest in the arts was a key tool in social mobility for working people. As a result, he built the Carnegie Halls (not just the one in New York; there’s one in his Dunfermline birthplace not far from Edinburgh). Bass baritone Michael Mofidian and pianist Keval Shah had an impressive partnership and performed Tchaikovsky, Barber and Mahler (Barber was substituted for the advertised Britten). Mofidian had perfect control of his big, expressive voice, at times declamatory and at others murmuring, though what really set him apart was his subtle physical acting. With facial expressions and posture, he breathed life into songs written for a different era. This excellent concert was part of a Carnegie themed series.

St Andrew’s and St George’s West, run ended.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]