Mahler - Drei Lieder
Mahler - Lieder und Gesänge (vol. 1)
Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Mahler - Rückert-Lieder
This concert has no intermission
Mezzo-soprano: Catriona Morison
Baritone: James Newby
Piano: Julius Drake
Catriona Morison & James Newby
This first Recital Hall concert of the Mahler Festival focuses on Mahler's most beautiful songs. Today's most important Lieder accompanist, pianist Julius Drake, flanks vocalists he admires. Scottish mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison is praised for her refined yet full voice. 'A real star,' according to the Times. You will also hear baritone James Newby, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award. He recently released the acclaimed album Fallen to Dust.
Julius Drake chose a series of songs full of drama and poetry for Morison and Newby. That poetry sometimes comes from Mahler himself, as today in Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. 'When my dearest marries' is the name of one of the songs. The lady in question did not marry Mahler, who experienced this as a 'glowing knife' in his heart. He processed all his frustration and sorrow in this stirring song cycle. In the five lyrical Rückert-Lieder, he shows a happier side.