Sarah Connolly & Joseph Middleton

Sarah Connolly, mezzo soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano

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Schumann Frauenliebe und leben
Berlioz Nuits d’Eté
Poulenc Banalités
Copland Selection from the Emily Dickinson Songs:
Nature, the gentlest mother
There came a wind like a bugle
The world feels dusty
I’ve heard an organ
Going to Heaven
The Chariot
Richard Rodney Bennett The History of the Thé Dansant

Featuring two major song cycles by Schumann and Berlioz which are so striking in their contrast but written within in a year of each other (1840 and 1841 respectively) in addition to Poulenc’s ‘collection of songs’ rather than a cycle written 100 years later, Sarah Connolly’s recital will be an ‘embrasse de richesse’. Her work is characterised by all round attention to detail and such critical descriptions as ‘remarkable taste, precision and intelligence’ along with ‘sensual musicality’ and focus upon the texts. Her solo recital performances are relatively rare and special occasions, such is the demand for her appearances on the stages of the world’s top Opera Houses and Concert Halls, but she brings the same aristocratic depth and perception to the great song cycles as audiences have grown to love in her defining stage personifications.

This concert is generously supported by Marianne Falk


22 July 2017


3.30pm  - 5.00pm




Pavilion Arts Centre

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