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Éluard & Mörike: Sophie Karthäuser & Eugene Asti

17 October 2015, 18:30


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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Sophie Karthäuser soprano
Eugene Asti piano

Sensational Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser makes a welcome return to the Festival with pianist Eugene Asti. Paul Éluard, one of the founders of the surrealist movement, was a favourite poet of Francis Poulenc. The complex German poet and pastor Eduard Mörike was set by Robert Schumann but perhaps found his greatest advocate in music in the music of Hugo Wolf.


Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Settings of Eduard Mörike (1804-1875)

Die Soldatenbraut
Das verlassene Mägdlein
Der Gärtner
Er ist's

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Settings of Eduard Mörike

Im Frühling
Das verlassene Mägdlein
Der Knabe und das Immlein
Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tage
Bei einer Trauung
An eine Äolsharfe
Er ist's


Eugene Asti (b.1962)
Onze Haï-Kaïs (Paul Éluard: 1895-1952)

I. À moitié petite...
II. Le vent, Hésitant...
III. Palissade peinte...
IV. Le coeur à ce qu'elle chante...
V. Paysage du paradis...
VI. La muette parle...
VII. L'automobile est vraiment lancée...
VIII. Roues des routes...
IX. Ah! mille flammes...
X. Femme sans chanteur...
XI. Une plume...

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Three Settings of Paul Éluard:

Tu vois le feu du soir
Ce doux petit visage
Main dominée par le coeur

Francis Poulenc
Tel jour, telle nuit (Paul Éluard)

I. Bonne journée
II. Une ruine coquille vide
III. Le front comme un drapeau perdu
IV. Une roulotte couverte en tuiles
V. À toutes brides
VI. Une herbe pauvre
VII. Je n'ai envie que de t'aimer
VIII. Figure de force brûlante et farouche
IX. Nous avons fait la nuit

Artist Portrait

Sophie Karthäuser

Sophie Karthäuser


Renowned worldwide as one of the finest interpreters of Mozart’s works, being called a born “Mozartian”, Sophie Karthäuser has earned such praise by singing her first ever Pamina under the baton of René Jacobs at La Monnaie and her debut Susanna led by William Christie with Opéra de Lyon. She has appeared in several other Mozart roles, such as Tamiri (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), Sandrina (Theater an der Wien), Serpetta (Berlin Konzerthaus), Despina and Zerlina (Théâtre Ro... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Eugene Asti

Eugene Asti


Eugene Asti studied at the Mannes College of Music, New York with Jeannette Haien where he earned his B.Mus. and M.A. and subsequently studied piano accompaniment with Graham Johnson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Eugene currently teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is Vocal Accompaniment Coordinator at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and regularly gives masterclasses both in the UK and abroad. One of the foremost accompanists of his generation, he has performed with many great arti... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

Singing Words: Poets and their Songs celebrates the glorious and varied poetry of song and emphasises this unique meeting of words and music. Following the triumph of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’ and our recent Royal Philharmonic Society Award, we are pleased to present another stellar array of world-renowned artists in the heart of Oxford. Many of the programmes are bas...

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