Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake
Tuesday 20 Aug 2019 7:30pm
Part of Snape Proms
Ian Bostridge tenor
Julius Drake piano
Schubert song settings of poetry by Rückert 25’
Mahler Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Rückert Lieder 45’
Henze ‘Cäsarion’ and ‘Das Paradies’ from Sechs Gesänge aus dem Arabischen 15’
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The incomparable pairing of Bostridge and Drake give an intimate, themed recital. After writing Des Knaben Wunderhorn, alternately nostalgic, idyllic and satirical, Mahler declared that in the future he would only set the poems of one writer: the Romantic poet Friedrich Rückert. The gorgeous Rückert Lieder justify his decision, including a love song to Mahler’s new wife, Alma.
Love and beauty were also the focus of Schubert’s Rückert settings – each a delightful gem. In 1996 Hans Werner Henze encountered Bostridge for the first time here at Snape and promised him a new song cycle. When it arrived, one of the songs was a translation of an Arabic poem by none other than Rückert.