7. Carl Loewe - Master Storyteller: Christina Gansch, Martin Hässler, Richard Stokes & Laura Tunbridge
12 October 2019, 11:00 - 15:30
St Hilda's College,
- Christina Gansch (Soprano)
- Martin Hässler (Baritone)
- Sholto Kynoch (Pianist)
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- Laura Tunbridge (Speaker)
‘For many years, Carl Loewe, our most outstanding ballad composer and quite likely the most productive one in this genre, completely disappeared from the collective memory of the public at large, this even though hardly any leading music expert would dispute his importance.’
This assessment by Walther Wossidlo is more than 100 years old – but misperceptions about the composer abide. In the 150th anniversary of his death, we explore the prolific and brilliant song composer Carl Loewe and his astonishing gift for storytelling, showing the breadth and depth of his work, and reasserting his place as one of the most important song composers.
11am - 11.45am
Richard Stokes gives an overview of the long and fruitful life of the composer, introducing key poets, influences and legacy. He also shows how Loewe was not just a storyteller, but also a composer of profound and beautiful lyric songs.
11.45am - 12.15pm
Every song tells a story, so what is it that makes a ‘ballad’? This question, key to understanding the works of Carl Loewe and their reception, is addressed by Laura Tunbridge.
12.15pm - 1.15pm
A light lunch is available for purchase in advance (£7).
1.15pm - 2.15pm
Christina Gansch and Martin Hässler perform a programme of Loewe’s glittering ballads and beautifully expressive songs, alongside works by Schubert, Beethoven and Schumann.
2.30pm - 3.30pm
Richard Stokes focuses on two poems by Goethe, both set by Loewe and others, offering rich contrasts and opening questions about different approaches to narrative in song. The event concludes with a general discussion of Loewe, drawing together today’s speakers and performers.
SopranoAustrian soprano Christina Gansch is the winner of the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Award and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She has participated in both the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singer Project and the Verbier Festival’s Solti Opera Project. She was a member of the Hamburgische Staatsoper’s ensemble in the 2016/17 season where her roles included Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte, the title role in a new production of Handel’s Almira, Constance Dialogues de... Read Full Biography
BaritoneMartin Hässler won second prize at Thomas Quasthoff's Das Lied - International Song Competition (2011), first prize at Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin - junior (2010), and Best Singer's Award at the Gerald Moore Competition London (2010). He is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's prestigious opera programme where he studied with Rudolf Piernay and Janice Chapman. In 2016 he gave his debut at Garsington Opera as Captain in Eugene Onegin followed by Lliam Paterson's The 8th Door at Scottish Opera a... Read Full Biography
PianistSholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. In addition to a busy performance schedule and a fast-growing discography, he is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s most renowned song festival, which recently won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In recent years he has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Berliner Konzerthaus, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, the Opéra de Lille... Read Full Biography
SpeakerLaura Tunbridge is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford, and Henfrey Fellow and tutor at St Catherine’s College. She previously taught at the Universities of Manchester and Reading. Her books include Schumann’s Late Style (Cambridge, 2007) and The Song Cycle (Cambridge, 2010), the co-edited collection Rethinking Schumann (Oxford, 2011), and Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars (Chicago, 2018). Laura is a TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) ... Read Full Biography
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