Schubert - Schwanengesang

12 October 2008, 2:00pm

Schubert's final song cycle was never intended as such by the composer; two groups of songs, one to poems by Rellstab, one to poems by Heine, were posthumously collated by his publisher as a "Swan Song", with the final song, Die Taubenpost, added for good measure. Nevertheless, the cycle contains many of Schubert's finest works and in the hands of a fine singer and pianist it works well as a group, with an interesting historical context. Joshua Ellicott recently took four of the top prizes, including overall first prize, at the s-Hertogenbosch competition in the Netherlands. He has been described by the Times as singing "with assurance and beautiful tone" and is certainly a singer to look out for. He is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton, winner of the accompanists' prize at the last Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.
Final Oxf Lieder little RGB

10 October 2008 | 9:00am

2008 Festival

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