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Christopher Maltman and Joseph Middleton: From Severn to Somme

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Acclaimed British baritone Christopher Maltman is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton for a recital marking the centenary year of the end of the Great War, featuring a selection of music by composers from across the span of the major nations involved in the First World War including Butterworth, Gurney, Mahler, Fauré, Ives, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Wolf and Poulenc.

Since winning the Lieder prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition early in his career, internationally acclaimed British baritone Christopher Maltman has gone from strength to strength, starring at the opening night of the 2015 BBC Proms.

Accompanied on piano by Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton, Maltman performs 19th and 20th Century works mining the despair, tender poignancy and rawness of war, in songs including Schumann’s devastating Der Soldat, Finzi’s Channel Firing and Ivor Gurney’s deeply expressive Severn Meadows.

“Maltman’s wide-ranging voice, offering a huge variety of colour and dynamics, sought out a new wealth of subtle meanings”

The Guardian

Programme:

HOME  
George Butterworth Loveliest of trees
Ivor Gurney Black Stitchel
Arthur Somervell On the Idle Hill of Summer
George Butterworth Look not in my eyes
Gustav Mahler Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
   
JOURNEY  
Gabriel Fauré Les Berceaux
Charles Ives He is There
Arthur Somervell White in the Moon
Ivor Gurney Severn Meadows
Gustav Mahler Revelge
   
BATTLE  
Modest Mussorgsky Commander in Chief
Ivor Gurney In Flanders
Arthur Somervell Think no more Lad
Robert Schumann Die beiden Grenadiere
Hugo Wolf Der Tambour
Robert Schumann Der Soldat
   
EPITAPH  
Gerald Finzi Channel Firing
Arthur Somervell Into my heart an air that kills
George Butterworth When I was one and twenty
George Butterworth The lads in their hundreds
George Butterworth Is my team ploughing
Francis Poulenc Lune d’Avril

 

 

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