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2009 Festival

16th - 31st October 2009

The Annual Oxford Lieder Festival, bringing song to the heart of Oxford

Friday 16th October 2009

Saturday 17th October 2009

10:30 AM

Voice and Presence singing workshop with Fiona Dobie

17 Oct 2009 10:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

For all singers, experienced and beginners   Explore some of the things that help us to sing with greater ease, and use beautiful, easy-to-learn global harmony songs, taught by ear. Fiona Dobie works interactively, encouraging people to tune into their innate imagination, creativity and awareness, and to have a good time! Fiona enjoys a solo career, working with many inspiring musician...

8:00 PM

Britten - The Complete Canticles (Julius Drake & friends)

17 Oct 2009 20:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Saturday 17th - 8.00pmTickets £20 (conc. £17) Sunday 18th - 11.30am and 2.30pmTickets £15 (conc. £12) per concertBritten Weekend Pass £40 (conc. £35)  Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) The Five Canticlesand works by Purcell, Beethoven and Schubert Supported by trufflehunter Britten’s five Canticles are some of the great 20th-century works for voice, ...

Tuesday 20th October 2009

1:05 PM

Lunch with Schumann I

20 Oct 2009 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Our ever-popular lunchtime series this year sees a selection of the finest students from three of Britain’s most prestigious conservatoires offer wonderful all-Schumann programmes.The first programme is given by students from the Royal Northern College of Music.These concerts costs just £5 (tickets on the door only) and are a perfect interlude to an otherwise hectic day. Other lunch...

8:00 PM

Schubert - Winterreise (Holzmair / Haefliger)

20 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)Winterreise - D911  Schubert’s Winterreise is one of the great works of the song repertoire, and has become a staple highlight of each Oxford Lieder Festival. At the height of his creative powers, Schubert wrote this cycle of 24 songs, loosely following a young man wandering in despair; his “Winter Journey”. When first played to a circle of fr...

Wednesday 21st October 2009

8:00 PM

A Mendelssohn Song Fest (Song Circle)

21 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Aiofe Miskelly – soprano Roderick Morris – countertenor Peter Davoren – tenor Marcus Farnsworth – baritone Christopher Hopkins and Colin Scott – piano   

Thursday 22nd October 2009

1:05 PM

Lunch with Schumann II

22 Oct 2009 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Our ever-popular lunchtime series this year sees a selection of the finest students from three of Britain’s most prestigious conservatoires offer wonderful all-Schumann programmes. Katie Bray - mezzo-soprano John Herford - baritone Elizabeth Burgess - pianoRobert Schumann (1810 - 1856): MyrthenThis beautiful cycle was written by Robert Schumann as a wedding present to his wife Clara. Alt...

8:00 PM

Songs by Schubert and Wolf (Ben Johnson / Southall)

22 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Winners of the 2008 Kathleen Ferrier Awards Supported by the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship Fund Songs by Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) and Hugo Wolf (1860 - 1903) Hugo Wolf’s renown originates entirely in his songs – he wrote almost nothing in other genres, but created some of the most spectacular songs in the repertoire, with an extraordinary ability to colour and conve...

Friday 23rd October 2009

8:00 PM

Songs by Britten, Gounod, Debussy and Strauss (McKail / Kynoch)

23 Oct 2009 20:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Britten - On This Island Poulenc - Fiancailles pour rire Songs by Gounod, Strauss and WaltonBoth of tonight’s song cycles (Poulenc’s Fiançailles pour rire and Britten’s On This Island) represent some of their respective composer’s finest output, both setting poets with whom they were personally acquainted (Louise de Vilmorin and W. H. Auden). Neither has a clear t...

Saturday 24th October 2009

8:00 PM

Settings of Alexander Pushkin

24 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mussorksky, Glinka and others This concert is generously upported by Stephen Mitchell Alexander Pushkin is one of the most popular and frequently set poets of the Russian song composers. Tonight we hear a selection of these settings, some well known, some less so, but all great works. Joan Rodgers CBE and Malcolm Martineau are both regarded as amongst the worl...

10:00 PM

Schönberg- The Book of the Hanging Gardens (Moore / Reid)

24 Oct 2009 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Arnold Schönberg (1874 - 1951)Das Buch der hängenden Gärten Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)  Arianna a NaxosArnold 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...

Sunday 25th October 2009

10:00 AM

The Oxford Lieder Master Course, 25th - 27th

25 Oct 2009 10:00 | The North Wall

Oxford Lieder is delighted to welcome back world-renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker to lead the third annual residential Master Course for advanced students during this year's Lieder Festival. Sarah has been involved with Oxford Lieder for several years; her masterclasses are always a fascinating delight for audience and participants alike. It is a great pleasure and a privilege to host th...

8:00 PM

Ned Rorem - European premiere of Evidence of Things Not Seen (The Prince Consort)

25 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Ned RoremEvidence of Things Not Seen Ned Rorem is the leading American composer of songs alive today, and it is a privilege to host the European Premiere of his epic song cycle “Evidence of things not seen”. The cycle is written for four singers and piano, containing solo songs, duets, trios and quartets, and showing the full breadth of Rorem’s style. It contains a wonderfu...

Monday 26th October 2009

8:00 PM

Schumann Kerner Lieder (Williams / West)

26 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Schumann - Kerner LiederSongs by Korngold and Mahler Supported by The Helena Oldacre Trust Schumann’s twelve settings of the poet Justinus Kerner are not a cycle as such; they were published with the title “Liederreihe”, “song sequence”. They contain some of Schumann’s finest writing, and some of his most overtly passionate songs.  Korngold’s song...

Wednesday 28th October 2009

8:00 PM

Master Course Participants' Concert

28 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

The culmination of the one-week residential master course is a concert given by the participants. Applications are received from all over the world and the high standards of the students made last year’s concert a highlight of the Festival for many. The programme will be devised and introduced by Sarah Walker based on repertoire that has been worked on over the week.  

Thursday 29th October 2009

1:05 PM

Lunch with Schumann III

29 Oct 2009 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Our third and final lunchtime concert this year features three outstanding students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. These concerts costs just £5 (tickets on the door only) and are a perfect interlude to an otherwise hectic day.Sophie Junker - sopranoLilly Papaioannou - mezzo-sopranoMarek Ruszczyinski - pianoRobert Schumann (1810 - 1856)Liederkreis (Op. 39) Maria Stuart Liede...

8:00 PM

Schumann and Wolf (Güra / Vignoles)

29 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Schumann - DichterliebeSongs by Hugo Wolf Supported by The Helena Oldacre Trust Schumann’s Dichterliebe is one of the pinnacles of song writing, its sixteen settings of Heinrich Heine demonstrating the perfect marriage of words and music.  The opening words – “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai” (“in the wonderful month of May”) – are arguably the mos...

Friday 30th October 2009

8:00 PM

Schubert - Die schöne Müllerin (Maltman / Graham Johnson)

30 Oct 2009 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)Die schöne Müllerin - D795 Supported by Diana Hiddleston The twenty settings of Wilhelm Müller that comprise Die schöne Müllerin show Schubert at the peak of his ability. Where in Winterreise the protagonist is in despair from the start and almost has a glimpse of redemption at the end, here he goes out a happy, carefree young man and is ...

10:00 PM

Mendelssohn - Song without Words (Sturfält)

30 Oct 2009 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

In this anniversary year, we hear a selection of Mendelssohn's most beloved piano works, the Songs without Words. These miniatures, which Mendelssohn composed throughout his life, contain some of his most beautifully crafted and heartfelt writing. Liszt's three Petrarch Sonnets complete what is sure to be a fascinating programme, in the very special atmosphere of New College Ante-Chapel...

Saturday 31st October 2009

11:00 AM

Music and Poetry in fin-de-siècle Paris: a study day

31 Oct 2009 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Poets, musicians, artists, philosophers (not to mention dandies!) all intermingled in the famous salons of Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. Today’s study day introduces some of the musical-poetic collaborations that made this era so famous. The day consists of two lectures either side of a lunchtime recital. We welcome Dr Helen Abbott (Lecturer in French and specialist in Frenc...

1:10 PM

Debussy – Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire, & songs by Fauré and Charpentier (Bevan / Kynoch)

31 Oct 2009 13:10 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Charles Debussy (1862 - 1918) – Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire Songs by Fauré and Charpentier Supported by The Nicholas John Charitable Trust This delightful recital programme is part of today's study day; you are welcome to attend this recital by itself, but warmly encouraged to attend the lectures either side of it which will provde a fascinating context for the music bei...

8:00 PM

Schubert - Schwanengesang (Gilchrist / Tilbrook)

31 Oct 2009 20:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) – Schwanengesang Supported by Charles and Rachel Henderson Although not technically intended as a cycle, the songs of Schwanengesang (released as a “cycle” following Schubert’s death) sit well together, even if they do not follow a narrative. Seven of the songs are settings of the poet Ludwig Rellstab, and contain such gems as “Lieb...