Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Past Festivals

Past Event

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Robert Murray tenor
Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano
James Baillieu piano

Remaining tickets for this event will be taken down from our website roughly 3 hours before it starts to be sold at the venue.

Brahms 49 deutsche Volkslieder (selection)
Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op. 22
Dvořák Cigánské melodie (Gypsy Songs) Op. 55
Janáček The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Love and the allure of Gypsy life thread through the works in this recital, which includes song cycles inspired variously by folksong, love poetry and tales of nomadic life.

Brahms regarded his 49 German folksong settings as his greatest accomplishment. Britten, on the other hand, looked to Italy for the cycle that marked his coming of age as a song composer.

Dvorák‘s Gypsy Songs celebrate the freedom and romance of Gypsy life; the cycle includes the tender ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’, one of the composer’s best-loved pieces.

Also drawing on a romanticized view of Roma, Janácek’s enigmatic and emotionally complex The Diary of One Who Disappeared tells the tale of a village boy who deserts his home and family for the love of a sultry Gypsy girl.

Festival favourite Baillieu is joined by two rising stars of opera and song, tenor Robert Murray and mezzosoprano Anna Huntley, for this seductive recital.

Classical Music
Thu 21 May, 8pm
£17.50, (£12.50, Restricted View)
Festival Standby £10

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