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Pushkin & A.K. Tolstoy: Joan Rodgers, Gary Griffiths & Sholto Kynoch

22 October 2015, 18:30 - 20:30


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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Joan Rodgers soprano
Gary Griffiths baritone*
Sholto Kynoch piano

(*We are delighted to announce that Gary Griffiths will also be appearing in tonight's programme, not previously announced in the Festival brochure)

These two great Russian poets inspired wonderful settings by composers including Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov and others. Joan Rodgers is particularly renowned for her exceptional performance of Russian song and she is joined tonight by baritone Gary Griffiths, established as one of the most exciting young artists of today.


Settings of A.K. Tolstoy (1817-1875)

Pyotry Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Had I only known (Op. 47, no. 1)

I bless you, forests (Op. 47, no 5)
Don Juan's Serenade (Op. 38, no. 1)

Do not believe me, my love (Op. 6, no. 1)
A Tear Trembles (Op. 6, no. 4)
It was early in the spring (Op. 38, no. 2)
Amid the din of the ball (Op. 38, no. 3)
O, if you could (Op. 38, no. 4)
Sleep sad friend (Op. 47, no. 4)
On Yellow Fields of Grain (Op. 57, no. 2)


Settings of Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Do not sing the sad songs of Georgia

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)
The Rose

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857)
The Rose
I recall a wonderful moment

César Cui (1835-1918)
The Statue at Tsarskoye Selo
I loved you

Alexander Dargomyzhsky (1813-1869)
A girl and a boy

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
A girl and a boy

Alexander Dargomyzhsky
You and thou

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
You and thou
The banks of clouds begin to scatter
On the hills of Georgia

Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894)
The singer

Artist Portrait

Gary Griffiths

Gary Griffiths


Winner of the Welsh Singers Competition in 2012, Gary Griffiths was a finalist representing Wales in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where, in 2009, he won the prestigious Gold Medal Competition. At the Welsh National Opera, where he began as an Associate Artist, he made a critically acclaimed debut in 2011 as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). His other roles with the company include Cecil (Maria Stuarda), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Claudio (Béatrice et Béné... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto 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. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in Lo... 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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