The superb mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, quickly becoming known for the flood of sound she can unleash, began her recital on Sunday afternoon singing against type.
“Music for a While,” written by Purcell and arranged by Britten, starts in stillness, and Ms. Barton quieted her tone into a float. The effects she achieved were subtle ones. “Your pains were eas’d,” the song’s text goes, and Ms. Barton gradually smoothed the repetitions of that final word so that “eas’d,” well, eased.
The flood eventually came — Sibelius’s “Black Roses” was on the program, among other powerhouses — but Ms. Barton’s tranquil moments were among the most memorable on Sunday, hovering even in the arid acoustics of the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University.
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