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40. Christoph Prégardien & Michael Gees

17 October 2020, 19:30 - 21:30


Concert

Evening


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room


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Christoph Prégardien’s appearances at the Festival are always memorable highlights. For the first time this year, he appears with the brilliant German pianist, composer and improviser Michael Gees, with whom he has a long-standing partnership and many acclaimed recordings.

They pivot from our earlier focus on Beethoven – with a performance of one of his most popular songs, Adelaide – to Schubert. At the age of 18, Schubert set Schiller’s thrilling epic ballad Die Burgschaft (‘The Pledge’). It is a model of exciting storytelling and the most popular of Schubert’s early large-scale songs. They then perform Schwanengesang, the collection of Schubert’s last songs: settings of Heine and Rellstab. These songs are the pinnacle of Schubert’s achievements and we could not hope for a more perfect way to draw this year’s Festival to a close.

EMERGING ARTIST: Alison Rose



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 ticket and link) until 1 November 2020. Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.

ARTIST Q&A
After a short break at the end of the concert, there will be a Q&A with the artists. Please email any questions you have during the interval or at the end of the concert ([email protected]) or post them on social media (#OLF2020), and the artists will answer as many as time allows.

Programme


Artist Portrait

Christoph Prégardien

Christoph Prégardien

Tenor

”His lyric tenor voice had a youthful glow, yet he sang with plaintive beauty and piercing insight.”The New York Times Precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings all ensure Christoph Prégardien’s place among the world’s foremost lyric tenors. Especially revered as a Liedersinger, he kicks off the 2019/2020 season with concerts at the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Oxford Lieder Festival. He then performs in the US on tour with pianist... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Michael Gees

Michael Gees

Pianist

The German pianist, improviser and composer, Michael Gees, had the piano as his favourite toy when he was 3. He started piano lessons at the age of 5. In 1961, at age 8, he won the first prize at the Hamburg Steinway Competition and at the Student Competition hosted by the Salzburg Mozarteum, where he subsequently studied. He made his concert debut in his native Bielefeld in 1963. Acclaimed as the “Westphalian Mozart”, he studied with Seydlhofer and David at the Vienna Musikhochschule before pursuing his training in Detmold and H... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Alison Rose

Alison Rose

Soprano

Alison Rose is the winner of the 2015 Maggie Teyte Prize and a 2017 Leonard Ingrams Award. She is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Operatic roles include; Papagena, Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro (Garsington Festival Opera & English National Opera); Governess,The Turn of the Screw (Bury Court Opera); Vixen, The Cunning Little Vixen (Grimeborn Festival / Arcola Theatre); Lady in Wait... Read Full Biography

Tickets

Tickets
General Admission £12.00
General Admission
Under 35s Ticket
£5.00

Festival Passes

Tickets
General Admission
Pioneer Pass
£250.00
General Admission
Standard Festival Pass
£90.00
General Admission
Day Pass - 17 October
£35.00
General Admission
Under 35s Festival Pass
£25.00

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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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