The word recital makes me lean forward, strain to hear—especially in the vast barn of Dorothy Chandler. Neither of those were necessary the other Saturday. SR filled the hall with her voice. And she seemed to do it without more effort than it takes to mutter, “Excuse me” in the supermarket. There’s a reason these people are called artists.
She began with Beethoven’s “Ah perfido!,” and concluded with a succession of encores, ranging from “I could have danced all night” and “O Mio Babbino Caro.” Amid the fireworks, the actual show-stopper was Aaron Copland’s quiet setting of “Long time ago,” which she introduced as her father’s favorite song, and fumbled, at first, from emotion. Since for her there are few technical issues, this song, and all the others, are communications, intimate and personal.