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01. Brahms's Circle and the Musical Past (Part One)

10 October 2020, 11:00 - 12:00

Presented in association with the Royal College of Music

As well as being a brilliant and engaging speaker, Natasha Loges is a renowned Brahms scholar, whose book Brahms and his Poets has been described as ‘extremely useful and endlessly fascinating’ (Gramophone Magazine). In a two-part event, she delves into Brahms’s fascination with music from the medieval to the baroque, bringing in some remarkable characters along the way.

PART ONE: A sensation in 1880s Berlin: Amalie Joachim’s Historical Song-Recitals
One of Brahms’s favourite singers was the mezzo-soprano Amalie Joachim. Her husband, the violinist Joseph Joachim, divorced her after twenty-one years because of a flimsy charge of infidelity. This forced the mother of six to return to the concert stage to earn her living. One of her great innovations was to offer a series of recitals which traced the history of song over several centuries. Illustrated with performances by Katy Thomson and Ana Manastireanu from the Royal College of Music, this talk will explore the repertoire choices which so impressed the discerning audiences of 1880s Berlin, and the importance of Amalie Joachim’s friendship with Brahms.

PART TWO: Brahms and the Medieval
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The talk and music for this event will be pre-recorded, but will be introduced live by Natasha Loges, who will also be available to answer any questions at the end of Part Two. During the event, please email any questions or post them on social media (#OLF2020), and Natasha will answer as many as time allows.



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Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges


Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Reader in Musicology at the Royal College of Music, London. She gained her BMus in piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her MMus at King’s College London, and her PhD at theRoyal Academy of Music, University of London, entitled Text and Context in Brahms’s Lieder. Her books include Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), Brahms in Context (Cambridge... Read Full Biography
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Katy Thomson

Katy Thomson


Scottish Soprano Katy Thomson began singing as a chorister at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, at the age of eight. She was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal upon graduating from the Royal College of Music (RCM) Opera Studio in September 2020, for her outstanding talent and contribution to life at the RCM. Katy was a Garsington Opera Young Artist for the 2021 season, notably stepping-in for one performance, and making her debut, as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) and winning the Garsington Opera Hel... Read Full Biography
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Ana Manastireanu

Ana Manastireanu


Ana Manastireanu is currently the Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music in London, where she is studying towards an Artist Diploma in Collaborative Piano with Kathron Sturrock, Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles. She is also a Henry Richardson Award Holder, supported by Help Musicians UK. Ana has recently won the Accompanist Prize in the 2020 AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition and in the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards held at the Wigmore Hall. In 2019 she won the Accompanist Prize in ... Read Full Biography

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