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Carolyn Sampson (soprano)  Joseph Middleton (piano)

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Songs of Heaven and Earth

Programme to include:

Haydn Arianna a Naxos
Schoenberg Vier Lieder, Op. 2
Mahler Das himmlische Leben; Das irdische Leben
(from Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Koechlin Chansons de Bilitis
Debussy Chansons de Bilitis
Richard Strauss Four Last Songs.

There can be few better ways to open a Leeds Lieder season than with Carolyn Sampson performing one of the greatest works in the song repertoire, Strauss’s Four Last Songs. Recently described by Musicweb International as “one of the great singers of our time” she is joined by Leeds Lieder Director and regular duo-partner Joseph Middleton in a programme including Haydn’s dramatic cantata, Debussy and Koechlin’s highly charged settings of Bilitis and sensual Romanticism from the young Schoenberg and Gustav Mahler. Fresh from tours to the USA, Japan and across Europe, and with a fast-growing and award-winning discography, we are thrilled to welcome back Carolyn Sampson: “Her partnership with Middleton is inspired” (The Observer).

Tickets: Full price £22; Unwaged/Disabled £20; Under 26/Student £5