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Pioneers' Recital: Alessandro Fisher & Sholto Kynoch

09 October 2020, 18:30 - 19:45

This special recital is exclusively available to our Pioneer Passholders, without whose backing this year's Festival would not be possible. Find out more about the Pioneer Pass here.

In a special programme exclusively for Pioneer Pass holders, the tenor Alessandro Fisher joins Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director – pianist Sholto Kynoch – for a feast of song from the ornate Italian Baroque to the pinnacle of Romantic German song and poetry, finishing in the Bay of Naples and a more heart-on-sleeve romanticism.

Alessandro was a winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform in 2013 and the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2016 and is now a BBC New Generation Artist. His ‘Italian Songbook’ recital at the 2018 Lieder Festival demonstrated his affinity with a wide range of Italian repertoire, and for this concert he begins by transporting us to the Baroque splendour of Venice, with music by Monteverdi and his contemporaries Legrenzi, Lotti and Vivaldi.

After this, we hear Schumann’s 1840 settings of Heinrich Heine, Dichterliebe (‘Poet’s Love’). Written in Schumann’s annus mirabilis of song writing, this cycle has long been one of the great favourites of the repertoire, from its famous opening line, ‘Im wunderschönen Monat Mai’ (‘In the wondrous month of May’), through the bliss of love and bitterness of rejection, to the final laying to rest of both joy and sorrow.

Alessandro concludes this concert with a selection of 19th- and early 20th-century Neapolitan songs. The pop songs of their time, they are by turn evocative, touching, mischievous and amusing.

This concert will be streamed completely live from the Holywell Music Room.Shortly afterwards, it will also be available to watch again (using the same pass and link) until 1 November 2020. Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.

Artist Portrait

Alessandro Fisher

Alessandro Fisher


A member of the BBC’s New Generation Artists Scheme and an Associate Artist of Classical Opera, Alessandro Fisher won First Prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar at Clare College, furthering his studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2018 as Lucano L’Incoronazione di Poppea and his operatic engagements have further included Delmiro / Alindo Hipermestra for Glyndebourne Festival O... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography

Festival Passes

This event is part of a series:

Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song

Over a packed eight days, world-class artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams will present some 40 concerts and events, from venues across Oxford and completely live. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to enjoy these concerts live-streamed in the highest quality. We’ll be exploring every possible advantage of this temporary ...

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