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The recital explores four of the nineteenth
century’s pre-eminent songwriters. It opens with Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis (1840), one of the great romantic cycles. In setting twelve of Joseph
Eichendorff’s poems, Schumann created a symbolic musical language, submerging a
narrative beneath self-reflective meditations. Liederkreis will be followed by six of Johannes Brahms’ lieder. Composed throughout his long life, they
swap the romantic mystery of Schumann for a more concentrated force.
After the interval, the pair will launch into six songs by the one composer whom no lieder performance should be without – Franz Schubert. The programme includes his seldom-performed Gesange des Harfners (1822), a miniature cycle inspired by Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship. Padmore and Lewis conclude with Hugo Wolf’s Goethe-Lieder (1890), an eleven-strong set that combines expressive romanticism with forward-looking concision. Whether you’re a committed lieder lover or looking for an entry point into this exquisite German tradition, this looks to be an enchanting evening.
|What||Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis, Wigmore Hall|
|Where||Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|
On 22 Jan 16, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via Wigmore Hall|