Schönberg- The Book of the Hanging Gardens (Moore / Reid)
24 October 2009, 22:00
This event will be broadcast from New College Ante Chapel
Arnold Schönberg (1874 - 1951)
Das Buch der hängenden Gärten
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Arianna a Naxos
Arnold Schönberg’s Das Buch der hängenden Gärten ("The Book of the Hanging Gardens") of 1908/9 is a groundbreaking cycle of songs, one of the first to embrace atonality whilst remaining rooted in the romantic song tradition. Its fifteen songs (settings of poems by Stefan George) follow the story of an affair between two youths in a garden, the failure of the affair, and the disintegration of the garden. Haydn’s “dramatic cantata” Arianna a Naxos, the story of the Greek heroine Arianna in her island isolation, is a remarkable work, a miniature opera for one voice and piano that is the perfect partner to the Schönberg, both complementing and contrasting. Renowned mezzo-soprano Diana Moore makes her first appearance at the Oxford Lieder Festival, joined by pianist John Reid, whom many will remember for his impressive Italienisches Liederbuch at the Festival in 2006.
This concert will last no more than one hour.