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Leeds College of Music: The VenueLeeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, LS2 7PD, United Kingdom
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Festival: Leeds Lieder Festival
Hetna Regitze BruunMezzo-soprano
Kristoffer HyldigPiano
Malcolm MartineauDirector
This is a rare chance to hear a live performance of Messiaen’s Harawi (A Song of Love and Death). It was written in 1945 and is the first item in a trilogy of works in which Messiaen explores the myth of Tristan and Isolde, specifically Richard Wagner’s version, with its celebrated Love-Death (Liebestod) ending, but also including references to ancient Peruvian folklore. The poetry is highly symbolic, the music rich and expressive. A cyclic theme helps to unify the 12 songs and many of Messiaen’s familiar trademarks are present throughout – birdsong, bell effects, wonderfully colourful harmony, supercharged emotionalism and religious serenity. Messiaen concurred with Wagner’s apocalyptic view of the myth and Harawi is ample evidence.
“Hetna Regitze Bruun and Kristoffer Hyldig prove to be fine advocates of Messaien’s music”
BBC Music Magazine
Pre-concert talk by Graham Hearn
9.45am, Room 416, LCM

Tickets:£10.50 Concessions £8.50 / £5
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