Ekaterina Semenchuk/Helmut Deutsch, Wigmore Hall, London, review: No other mezzo can match her artistry in her native Russian repertoire

Ekaterina Semenchuk is in such demand around the world for larger-than-life mezzo roles in opera that we don’t often get the chance to hear her as a recitalist. But when we do, it’s always a five-star event. No other mezzo can match her artistry in her native Russian repertoire, and this time she sang a selection from that Russian quintumvirate known as the Mighty Handful, who – with Tchaikovsky – gave Russia its own home-grown tradition in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Their mission was to free Russian music from its German shackles, and to create a style

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