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A Countertenor Songbook

Countertenor Andrew Watts and pianist Iain Burnside perform Bach, Handel, Tippett and Matthews alongside an Olga Neuwirth UK premiere and world premieres by Joseph Cutler and Michael Finnissy.

Monday 12 June 2017, 3pm

From £5.00 to £18.00

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season


Tansy Davies Song of Pure Nothingness 13’
Handel recit and aria – Blessed be the Lord – What though I trace each herb and flower (Solomon) 4’
Michael Finnissy Dann nicht zu fragen (world premiere)
Bach Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Cantata 170 ( Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust) 6’
Joseph Cutler Song for Arthur 9’ (world premiere)

Michael Tippett Three songs for Ariel:
i. Come unto these yellow sands 2’
ii. Full fathom five 2’
iii. Where the bee sucks 1’
Raymond Yiu When Thou and I first one another saw 3′ (UK Premiere Piano version)
Olga Neuwirth ‘tintarella di luna’ 11’ (UK premiere)
Colin Matthews Un Colloque Sentimental 20′
Raymond Yiu – Forget-Me-Not 5’


Andrew Watts countertenor
Iain Burnside piano

The recent renaissance of the countertenor voice has seen a proliferation of new roles for the operatic stage and concert platform thanks to trailblazers like Andrew Watts. But how to enlarge the repertoire for the intimacy and focussed expression of the solo song recital?

This concert bears the fruit of over 30 years of working with new music, and an Aldeburgh Residency collaboration between singer, pianist and some of today’s most exciting and original compositional voices. Familiar repertoire from the seventeenth and twentieth centuries frame the resulting new works whilst a series of short ‘voiced memories’ provide pre-recorded interludes – glimpses into the composers’ personalities that illuminate this Songbook for our century.