The Last of the Romantics: Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna
Gustav Mahler: A Life in Song
Part I: Saturday 14 October, 11am-3pm, Part II: Saturday 21 October, 11am-3pm | £20/day (incl. coffee on arrival)
Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano), Benedict Nelson (baritone), Simon Lepper (piano), Gavin Plumley (speaker)
Gavin Plumley leads two fascinating study days in association with the Mahler Society. Joined by an exceptional team of musicians, in his lecture-recitals he will guide us through Mahler’s world, exploring his life, songs and surroundings in depth, and casting the composer in more varied light than does the usual view of him as an epic symphonist.
Sunday 15 October, 12:30pm-3:15pm | £8
Matthew Sweet, Thomas Kemp, players of the OAE, Crispin Woodhead, Neil Brand
In preparation for the evening’s Rosenkavalier screening at the Town Hall, Matthew Sweet, author and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s ‘Sound of Cinema’, leads a discussion about the history of music in silent films, as well as a more specific look at this opera/film.
My Dearest Hedgehog
Sunday 15 October, 4pm-5:15pm | £12
Penny Downie Dear (reader), Oliver Cotton (reader), Raphaela Papadakis (soprano), Sholto Kynoch (piano)
This narrated recital, devised and written by Henrietta Bredin and already performed to great acclaim, explores the relationship between Richard Strauss and his wife, Pauline. Strauss wrote many of his greatest songs with her voice in mind and the fascinating and witty narrative, delivered by two renowned actors, is interspersed with a number of these works.
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