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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.