21. A Young Man's Exhortation: Ben Johnson & Roger Vignoles
15 October 2019, 13:05 - 13:55
A star duo performs a recital of English song, including Michael Tippett’s ‘Cantata’ for tenor and piano, Boyhood’s End, written in 1943 for Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Gerald Finzi’s settings of Thomas Hardy in his cycle A Young Man’s Exhortation dwell on the passage of time and the twilight of life, summed up in its closing words: ‘And mourn not me, beneath the yellowing tree; for I shall mind not, slumbering peacefully’.
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)Music for a While
- Sweeter than roses (Z. 585)
Michael Tippett (1905 - 1998)
Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956)
TenorAcclaimed tenor Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. Johnson is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, 2008 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2011 Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent, and a 2013-2015 English National Opera Harewood Artist. Highlights of the 2018/19 season included performances as Tamino Die Zauberflöte with Welsh National Opera and as Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with The Grange Festival, in addition to a new production of Britten&r... Read Full Biography
PianistRoger Vignoles is one of the most distinguished piano accompanists of our time. In a career spanning five decades he has become recognized throughout the world as a leading exponent of the art of song. He has appeared at all the world’s principal venues and festivals, from the Concertgebouw to Carnegie Hall, and with many of the world’s foremost artists, such as Sir Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney, Christine Brewer, Florian Boesch, Bernarda Fink, Elina Garanca, Susan Graham, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Angelika Kirchschlager, Dame Feli... Read Full Biography
This event is part of a series:
The 18th Oxford Lieder Festival will explore life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking. Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club, a ghost tour, a magic show and more all complement the myriad concerts, masterclasses and study events over a packed fortnight....