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Sunday 25th April, Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

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Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

Dame Sarah Connolly, Leeds Lieder Patron and operatic superstar needs no introduction. Firmly established as one of the most important musicians of our time she has made the repertoire of Handel, Mahler and Britten very much her own. A dramatic intensity, probing intellect and one of the most beautiful instruments currently before the public makes her recital appearances red letter days. A rare performance of Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer in the piano accompanied version forms the central section of this recital followed by Folk song inspired Lieder from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and a collection of the finest English song. In the line of great British mezzo-sopranos interpreting Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Sarah Connolly has made the work very much her own.

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Mahler – Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Rheinlegendchen
Das irdische Leben
Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
Urlicht

Chausson – Poème de l’amour et de la mer

La Fleur des eaux
Interlude
La Mort de l’amour

Interval

Ireland –
Earth’s Call
Moeran – Twilight
Gurney – By a Bierside
Gurney – Thou didst delight my eyes

Elgar –
Sea Pictures
Sea Slumber Song
In Haven (Capri)
Where Corals Lie
Sabbath Morning at Sea