Mark Padmore (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Chamber Music

Mark Padmore sings songs by English composers

The first chamber music performance by our artist in residence: the English tenor Mark Padmore. Known to Berlin audiences from his outstanding performances in the roles of the Evangelist in Bach’s passions, the singer now shows a whole new facet of his art. He presents vocal works by composers of his homeland, songs about the tragedy of unrequited love and the beauty of the English landscape.

Mark Padmore tenor

Ludwig Quandt cello

Daniel Stabrawa violin

Bettina Sartorius violin

Naoko Shimizu viola

Michael Hasel flute

Dominik Wollenweber oboe

Hendrik Heilmann piano

Richard Rodney Bennett

Tom O’Bedlam’s Song for tenor and cello

Ludwig Quandt cello

Peter Warlock

The Curlew, song cycle for tenor, flute, cor anglais and string quartet on poems by William Butler Yeats

Daniel Stabrawa violin, Bettina Sartorius violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Michael Hasel flute, Dominik Wollenweber oboe

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ten Blake Songs, song cycle for voice and oboe composed for the film The Vision of William Blake

Dominik Wollenweber oboe

Ralph Vaughan Williams

On Wenlock Edge, 6 Songs for tenor, piano und string quartet

Daniel Stabrawa violin, Bettina Sartorius violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Hendrik Heilmann piano

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie O


Slender, clear, flexible – Mark Padmore has a tenor voice that is ideal for the Evangelist roles in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Passions. Berliner Philharmoniker audiences have had several opportunities over the last few years to be convinced of this fact – just think of the acclaimed performances of the St John and St Matthew Passions in the stagings by Peter Sellars in 2010, 2013 and 2014. As one review in the Berliner Morgenpost wrote, “Mark Padmore is a charismatic Evangelist”. The singer has also appeared in Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation concerts as a soloist in Joseph Haydn’s Harmony Mass, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, plus in lieder recitals. He has always impressed his audiences by his intelligent, sophisticated yet emotional singing.

As this season’s artist in residence, he reveals further facets of his musical abilities. In the first concert of his residency, he performs works by composers from his native England with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Peter Warlock’s song cycle The Curlew for voice, flute, cor anglais and string quartet is about the pain and disappointment of unrequited love. The cycle begins with a plaintive gesture from the cor anglais and draws the listener into a poetic and melancholy emotional world. Richard Rodney Bennett became world famous as the creator of the music for the classic film Murder on the Orient Express. Composing film music guaranteed him financial independence and allowed him to write the music that was important to him, such as the Tom O’Bedlam’s Song for voice and cello. The concert closes with an early and a late work by Ralph Vaughan Williams: the cycle On Wenlock Edge for tenor, piano and string quartet, composed under the influence of his studies with Maurice Ravel, evokes atmospheric sound images of rural England, while the Blake Songs were written shortly before the composer’s death for the film The Vision of William Blake.

Mark Padmore (photo: Marco Borggreve)