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Leeds Lieder Festival | The Songmakers’ Almanac

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University of Leeds: Clothworkers Centenary Concert HallLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom
On Saturday 18 April 2020 at 19:30
Festival: Leeds Lieder Festival
Soraya MafiSoprano
Anna HuntleyMezzo-soprano
William ThomasBass
Graham JohnsonPiano

Mozart – Overture to Così fan tutte (excerpt)
Cole Porter – Where is the life that late I led

Sisters in Love
Mozart – ‘Ah guarda, sorella’ from Così fan tutte
Irving Berlin – Sisters
Brahms – Die Schwestern

‘Bella Vita Militar’
Wolf – Mir ward gesagt, du reisest in die Ferne | Ihr jungen Leute, die ihr zieht ins Feld | Sie blasen zum Abmarsch
George W Meyer – If he can fight like he can love
Hermann E Darewski – Sister Susie

Brahms – Weg der Liebe I and II
Kurt Weill – That’s him
Gounod – Trust her not
Wolf – Trau’ nicht der Liebe

Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Lowe – Where are all the simple joys of maidenhood?
Wolf – Herz, verzage nicht geschwind
Britten – Mother Comfort | Underneath the abject willow

Capitulation and Abandon
Purcell – No, resistance is but vain | What can we poor females do?
Saint-Saëns – El desdichado
Fauré – Tarentelle

William Gray – We’re more to be pitied than censured
Reginald Tabbush – How can a little girl be good?
Wolf – Nun lass uns Frieden schliessen | Wir haben beide lange Zeit geschwiegen
Mozart – ‘Soave sia il vento’ from Così fan tutte

The indefatigable Graham Johnson revolutionised the Lied recital with his Songmakers’ Almanac. A typically wide-ranging programme, tonight’s recital is based on the plot of Così fan tutte (and containing numerous Mozartian echoes), Johnson has devised a programme of Lieder, English songs and duets where the interactions between the Neapolitan sisters, and the manipulative Don Alfonso, progress along Da Ponte’s lines: Sisters in love – ‘Bella vita militar’ – Constancy – Weakening – Capitulation and Abandon – Reconciliation.

‘…young Soraya Mafi lights up the stage and pricks up the ears’
Hugh Canning, Th e Sunday Times

‘Thomas has a ‘real’ bass voice: full of ringing right at the bottom; layers of colour that blend smoothly and thickly; sonorous roundness without heaviness’
Opera Today on William Thomas at Wigmore Hall

‘Th at peerless song accompanist’
The Daily Telegraph on Graham Johnson

6:45pm – Pre–Concert Talk with Richard Stokes
Richard Stokes, Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music, is enormously popular with Leeds Lieder audiences. This pre-concert talk will illuminate Graham Johnson’s re-imagining of the tradition song recital.

Tickets: Free (please book in advance)
Lecture Theatre 1

© <i>Cristina Haldane</i>
© Cristina Haldane
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