03. Brahms's Circle and the Musical Past (Part Two)
10 October 2020, 15:00 - 16:00
Presented in association with the Royal College of Music
In today’s two-part event, Natasha Loges 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
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PART TWO: Brahms and the Medieval
From his teenage years, Brahms was drawn to the romance of the medieval past, a glorified period of Germany’s history, replete with castles, princesses, and knights. This talk explores that lifelong fascination, which was expressed through his love of early choral repertoire, his choice of song texts, and the books in his private library. It will be illustrated by performances by James Atkinson and Ana Manastireanu from the Royal College of Music.
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)Vergangen ist mir Glück und Heil (Op. 48 no.6)
- Ruhe, Süßliebchen (Op. 33 no.9) from Die schöne Magelone
- Es ritt ein Ritter (WoO 33 no.10) from 49 Deutsche Volkslieder
- Es steht ein' Lind' (WoO 33 no.41) from 49 Deutsche Volkslieder
- O Tod, wie bitter bist du (Op. 121 no.3) from Vier ernste Gesänge, (Four Serious Songs)
- Minnelied (Op. 71 no.5)
SpeakerNatasha Loges was appointed Professor of Musicology at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in spring 2022. Her books include Brahms and His Poets (2017), and the coedited collections Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (2014), Brahms in Context (2019), Musical Salon Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (2019) and German Song Onstage (2020), and she has published various chapters and essays in edited collections. Her work has been funded by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the American Musicological S... Read Full Biography
BaritoneBritish baritone James Atkinson studies at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio with Alison Wells. He is a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar and is kindly supported by a Sybil Tutton Opera Award and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. With the RCM Opera Studio, James has sung the roles of Buonafede (Il mondo della luna), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Le Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias) and Blazes (The Lighthouse) and was to perform Ramiro (L’heure espagnole) in March 2020. Other roles include Lysander (The Enchanted Isla... Read Full Biography
PianistAna Manastireanu is an increasingly sought-after collaborative pianist, specialising in song and chamber music. She is currently a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2021-22. 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 the AESS Courtney Kenny Award and was selected as a Leeds Lieder Young Artist. She also won the Alasdair Graham Pianist Prize in the 2020 RCM Lied... Read Full Biography
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