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Roderick Williams in recital

A woman’s life and love? For Milton Court Artist-in-Residence Roderick Williams, Schumann’s great song cycle opens up some remarkably modern perspectives on identity and the human heart.

‘The joy is the love, the love is the joy’ declares the (supposedly) female narrator of Frauenliebe und-leben. ‘I have said it, and won't take it back!’ And since human emotion acknowledges no gender, Williams has assembled an entire recital that explores the limitlessly fluid ways in which two souls can merge.

It’s an inspired idea for a song recital: since every song is itself an encounter of words and music, singer and pianist – each enriched by the other. Brahms is a natural complement to Schumann, but songs by Sally Beamish, Herbert Howells and a new cycle by Ryan Wigglesworth all offer an utterly distinctive perspective.  For Roderick Williams, though, it’s simply about communication: ‘I’d love audiences to think, “What an amazing juxtaposition of music and poetry this is”.’

Brahms  An die Nachtigall, Op 46 No 4
Mädchenlied, Op 107 No 5
Das Mädchen, Op 95 No 1
Clara Schumann  Liebst du um Schönheit, Op 12 No 2
Brahms  Das Mädchen spricht, Op 107 No 3
Salamander, Op 107 No 2
Nachtigall, Op 91 No 1
Howells  King David
The Widow Bird, Op 22 No 3
Girls Song, Op 22 No 4
Sally Beamish  Four Songs from Hafez
Ryan Wigglesworth  New work (world premiere; Barbican commission)
Robert Schumann  Frauenliebe und leben, Op 42

Roderick Williams  baritone
Andrew West  piano

Event starts
Tuesday 26 February, 2019
Event Ends
Tuesday 26 February, 2019
Milton Court Concert Hall
Venue Address
Silk Street

London, London

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