Joyce DiDonato on Schubert's Winterreise

Friday, April 23, 2021

Joined by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the American mezzo takes a different approach to this song masterwork

In 2019, Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin performed Schubert's great song-cycle in concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, and Erato were on hand to record it. James Jolly caught up with the multi-Gramophone Award-winning mezzo to talk about her unique approach to the work. As one of a handful of women singers who have recorded Winterreise, Joyce needed to find her own way into the cycle, as she explains from her house in Spain. 

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Monday, April 26, 1.00pm
Eric Lu pf
Mozart Piano Sonata in B flat, K333
Schubert Piano Sonata in A minor, D784
Chopin Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op 22

Monday, April 26, 7.30pm
Tabea Debus rec
Elizabeth Kenny lute
Jonathan Rees va da gamba
Debus Ciaconna Medley (after Italian composers)
Anon La Monica or Une jeune fillette (arr Debus)
Carroubel Spagnolette from Terpsichore, Musarum Aoniarum
Le Sieur de Machy Suite in G minor (arr JS Bach)
Caccini Le Nuove Musiche – Aria di Romanesca
F Caccini Primo Libro delle Musiche – O vive Rose 
Schop Lachrime pavaen
Hume Death. Life
Dowland Fortune my foe. Can she excuse my wrongs
Gareth Moorcraft Diaries of the Early Worm
Anon A Musicall Banquet – Vuestros ojos tienen d'amor 
Ortiz Trattado de Glosas – A selection of Recercadas 

Tuesday, April 27, 7.30pm
Nash Ensemble / Geoffrey Paterson
Claire Booth sop
Simon Holt Cloud Shadow*
Harrison Birtwistle Four Songs of Autumn
Julian Anderson Prayer for solo viola. Another Prayer
Mark-Anthony Turnage Owl Songs for soprano and ensemble*
Birtwistle Duet for 8 Strings for viola and cello
Colin Matthews Seascapes*
*world premieres

Wednesday, April 28, 7.30pm
Mishka Rushdie Momen pf
Rameau Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode pour la mécanique des doigts – XI. Les tendres plaintes 
Mendelssohn Variations sérieuses in D minor, Op 54
Chopin Ballade No 2 in F, Op 38
Janáček In the Mists
Schumann Waldscenen Op 82 – No 7, Vogel als Prophet
Ravel Miroirs – Oiseaux tristes; Alborada del gracioso


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