A family get-together: Magdalena Kožená and Sir Simon Rattle will do the honours at this concert. Exceptionally, Sir Simon will be seated at the piano, accompanying his wife on songs by Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvořák. But the evening’s unusual programme requires additional instrumentalists: in vocal works by Ernest Chausson, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Leoš Janáček and Johannes Brahms, the voice is accompanied by quite diverse but very appealing combinations of instruments.
Chanson perpétuelle for soprano, piano and string quartet
Three Songs from William Shakespeare for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet and viola
Chansons madécasses for singing voice, flute, cello and piano
Drei Lieder der Ophelia for high singing voice and piano op. 67 Nos. 1 – 3
Fünf Ophelia-Lieder (Version for soprano and string quartet)
Two Songs for contralto, viola and piano op. 91
Říkadla 1 (Nursery Rhymes 1) for mezzo-soprano, clarinet and piano
Má píseň zas (My Song of Love Rings Through the Dusk) and Široké rukávy (In his wide, airy linen vesture) from Gypsy Songs op. 55
Mé srdce často (In pain, my heart often broods) from Four Songs op. 2
Žalo dievča (Down in Temesvar) from In Folk Tone op. 73
Když mne stará matka (Songs My Mother Taught Me) and Struna naladěna (Tune thy strings, Oh Gypsy) from Gypsy Melodies op. 55
Chamber Music Hall
Introduction: 7:00 pm
A family get-together: Magdalena Kožená and Sir Simon Rattle will do the honours in the series Umsungen – The World of Vocal Music. Exceptionally, Sir Simon will be seated at the piano at this concert. The two will receive prominent support from the 1st philharmonic concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and his orchestra colleagues, 1st principal viola Amihai Grosz, as well as the renowned violinist and daughter of Helmuth Rilling, Rahel Rilling, the principal cellist of the DSO Berlin, Dávid Adorján, the flutist Kaspar Zehnder and Andrew Marriner (son of conductor Sir Neville Marriner), principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra for many years.
Besides Chausson’s tragic scene Chanson perpétuelle, Ravel’s exotic Chansons madécasses are on the programme, which the composer himself considered one of his most important works. Also represented: three Shakespeare settings from 1953 which reflect Stravinsky’s grappling with Anton Webern’s music – the third song was extolled as Stravinsky’s very best song. With the Drei Lieder der Ophelia based on a Shakespeare translation by Karl Simrock, you will also be able to hear some of the most challenging lieder that Richard Strauss composed. Brahms’s Ophelia Lieder in a version for voice and string quartet constitute a charming contrast: simple works in which the composer intended to conjure up the atmosphere of the Elizabethan age. The evening will be rounded off by vocal compositions by Janáček and Dvořák.