Songs of Travel: The heavens above and the road below me

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Leeds College of Music: The VenueLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS2 7PD, United Kingdom
On Friday 21 April 2017 at 19:30
Festival: Leeds Lieder Festival
Simon KeenlysideBaritone
Joseph MiddletonPiano

One of the world’s most sought after and charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside is noted for his highly charged performances, probing intellect and rich baritone voice. Tonight he opens the 2017 Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton in an exploration of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, that towering non-cycle, which explores the theme of a distant and unattainable beloved, described by Schubert’s publisher Haslinger as ‘the final blooms of Schubert’s creative muse’. To open the recital, Keenlyside and Middleton perform extracts from that great Romantic English cycle Songs of Travel in which Stevenson had composed the words of the opening song ‘to an air of Schubert.’

‘...the best baritone interpreter of Schubert this country has ever had...’ Gramophone Magazine on Simon Keenlyside   

‘…a born collaborator…one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder…’ BBC Music Magazine on Joseph Middleton

© Uwe Arens
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