Paula Murrihy & Sholto Kynoch: Tell Me the Truth About Love
18 March 2022, 19:30 - 20:45
Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy has been acclaimed throughout Europe and the US for her ‘iridescent’ voice and ‘vocal magic, presence and precision’, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Oxford for the first time this evening. She and pianist Sholto Kynoch present a recital that interweaves Purcell songs with works by Grieg, Robert and Clara Schumann and Britten. The programme, which they will also perform at Amsterdam’s famed Het Concertgebouw, features the radiant poetry of Friedrich Rückert, the poignant and witty words of W.H. Auden in Britten’s Cabaret Songs, Purcell songs including ‘Sweeter than Roses’, and Grieg’s most famous songs, Op.48, that conclude with the rapturous ‘Ein Traum’.
Our commitment to presenting outstanding emerging artists continues, with each evening recital beginning with a 15-minute showcase for an exceptional duo. Our Spring Song Emerging Artists are presented in association with SWAP’ra and highlight the exceptionally rich repertoire of songs by women composers. Tonight's concert begins with outstanding young soprano Natasha Page and pianist Ella O'Neill performing songs by Margarete Schweikert and Rebecca Clarke.
Please note this a 75 minute concert, with no interval.
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TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
Watch Paula Murrihy sing 'Parto, parto' from Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito:
Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf (1840 - 1913)Die Loreley
Margarete Schweikert (1887 - 1957)
Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979)Tears
- One that is ever kind
Purcell (1659 - 1695) / Britten (1913 - 1976)Fairest Isle
Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)If music be the food of love (Z. 379)
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)Widmung (Op. 25 no.1) from Myrthen
- Aus den „Östlichen Rosen“ (Op. 25 no.25) from Myrthen
- Die Blume der Ergebung (Op. 83 no.2) from Drei Gesänge
- Jasminenstrauch (Op. 27 no.4) from Lieder und Gesänge, i
- Schneeglöckchen (Op. 79 no.27) from Lieder-Album für die Jugend
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)Sweeter than roses (Z. 585)
Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896)Warum willst du andre fragen? (Op. 37 no.11 (Op. 12 no.3)) from Zwölf Gedichte aus „Liebesfrühling“
- Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage
- Liebst du um Schönheit (Op. 37 no.4 (Op.12 no.2)) from Zwölf Gedichte aus „Liebesfrühling“
Purcell (1659 - 1695) / Britten (1913 - 1976)I attempt from love's sickness to fly
Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
Mezzo-sopranoIrish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy received her BMus from the DIT Conservatory in Dublin before continuing her studies in North America at the New England Conservatory. She was a member of Oper Frankfurt’s acclaimed ensemble, participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and as an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera. Recent highlights include her debut as Ariodante in a concert performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and later for her company debut at the Bolshoi Theatre i... Read Full Biography
PianistSholto 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
SopranoBritish soprano Natasha Page is a graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio, where she studied with Rosa Mannion. Natasha is a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist, a Samling Artist and a Leeds Lieder Young Artist. Natasha’s operatic roles include Adele (Cover) Le Comte Ory (Garsington Opera), Semele Semele (Garsington Opera Create), Belinda Dido & Aeneas (Hurn Court Opera), Pamina Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), Soprano Les Illuminations (RCMIOS), Clarice Il Mondo della Luna (RCMIOS), Dorabella ... Read Full Biography
PianistElla O’Neill is in demand across the UK as a pianist for song, chamber music and opera. In April 2019, she won the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize in Memory of Arthur and Gwyneth Harrison in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall, where she has since returned to perform in the venue’s International Song Competition and the finals of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. Other performance venues and festivals have included Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Opera House Crush Room, St Martin-in-the-Fie... Read Full Biography
This event is part of a series:
We're thrilled to announce our spring festival, Spring Song, which sees us back fully in person at the Holywell Music Room and in the superb new concert hall at Trinity College, with a four-day feast of song recitals, study events, auditions for our new and enhanced Young Artist Programme, and more. We cannot wait to see you there!