Wigmore Hall debut
16 Dec 2016
… it was clear we were all in the presence of a great artist … Pape and Radicke saved the best till last and excelled in Mussorgsky’s Pesni i pljaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death). Yes, death once again! … ‘Kolïbelnaya’ (Lullaby) was energetic and deceptively soothing despite its subject matter of Death coming for a young child. In ‘Serenada’ the serenade is that of Death singing at the window of a young girl who is asleep and Pape’s characterisation was hauntingly redolent of her impending fate. The next was a folk dance, ‘Trepak’ and he snarled malevolently as Death enshrouds a weary, old peasant in a blanket of snow … Pape brought out all the horrors of Mussorgsky’s scene painting by communicating everything simply through just voice and phrasing … and not forgetting his consummate artistry …
– Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International
... the concert proved a vindication of artistry over circumstance, and the best of it was truly magnificent ...
Quilter’s sad, sweet ironies were scrupulously judged. Mussorgsky’s unremitting meditation on mortality, meanwhile, was simply outstanding, its seductive morbidity and nihilistic violence all the more chilling for being delivered with such beauty of tone and formidable authority."
– Tim Ashley, The Guardian