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Joseph Tong Recital and CD Launch

On September 20th Joseph Tong will be giving a programme of solo piano music by Grieg, Schumann and Sibelius at St John’s Smith Square, the recital also marking the release of the second volume on the Quartz label of his survey of the piano music of Sibelius.

 

 

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Oxford Lieder Festival - The Last of the Romantics: Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna: 13th - 28th October

Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century is the theme of this year’s Oxford Lieder Festival. At the time, the city was a vibrant melting pot for music and the arts. Whirling waltzes sat alongside gargantuan symphonies. The height of romanticism had been reached but was nearly exhausted and on the brink of a whole new musical language. Tradition - with Brahms a holder of the torch - was face to face, sometimes uncomfortably, with the daring and modern.

Gustav Mahler was a dominant musical personality: composer and preeminent conductor, steeped in tradition but a champion of the new. During this edition of the Oxford Lieder Festival, Mahler's complete songs with piano will be heard, inviting a fresh look at this 'symphonic' composer and the enduring place of song in the musical landscape. His choices of texts, wider artistic influences from literature to art to nature and folk music, his Jewish background in a conservative Catholic city, his encounter with Sigmund Freud, his encouragement of fellow composers and more will all be explored in this packed fortnight.

Mahler's Vienna will also be placed in a wider context, with tradition represented in the songs of Schubert and Beethoven, an exploration of Brahms' glorious melodic gifts and intricate text setting, and music by Hugo Wolf (who excoriated Brahms!), Alexander Zemlinsky, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Joseph Marx and others. Richard Strauss may not have resided in Vienna until 1919, but his musical language was evolving within the Viennese traditions and many of his songs will also be heard. A late-night salon will look ahead to the Second Viennese School, including several of Schoenberg's seminal works. Study days, readings, screenings, workshops and more once again make for an exhilarating Festival that will illuminate the era and inspire audiences afresh. Details may be accessed at www.oxfordlieder.co.uk

 

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Two Productions from British Youth Opera

British Youth Opera has announced two operas for the 2017 Season, marking the company’s 30th anniversary: Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom (September 2,6,8) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (September 5,7,9). They will be performed in English at the Peacock Theatre, London WC2.

 

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