Sunday 29 Oct 2017 3pm
Part of Autumn Concerts
Songs by Alma Mahler, Gustav Mahler, Berg, Strauss and Korngold
Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo-soprano
Julius Drake piano
The wits and poets of fin-de-siècle Vienna strove to find ‘the world in a dewdrop’, and in the Lieder of that doomed era, emotion is distilled into musical miniatures of jewel-like beauty and startling emotional power.
The great Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager understands this repertoire like few other singers. Together with pianist Julius Drake, her programme sweeps from the sweetness of Richard Strauss to the expressionist despair of Alban Berg, embracing ravishing rarities by Korngold and Alma Mahler along the way.