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Liebeslieder Walzer

25 October 2017, 19:30



A celebration of Viennese culture would not be complete without some element of dancing! Brahms enjoyed great success during his own lifetime, and his acclaimed two sets of Liebeslieder Walzer ('Love-song Waltzes') have been hugely popular ever since the first of them were heard in 1870. Also included in the programme are the ‘gypsy songs’ of both Brahms and his friend and mutual admirer, Antonín Dvořák. A team of four exceptional singers join Deirdre Brenner and Sholto Kynoch for a performance of these effervescent songs.


Programme


Artist Portrait

Elena Copons

Elena Copons

Soprano

Elena Copons began her vocal studies in Barcelona with Dolors Aldea and continued at the Konservatorium Wien with Helga Wagner and Sylvia Greenberg. She completed further studies in "Lied and Oratorio" with Birgit Steinberger and Carolyn Hague. In 2006 Elena won the "Best Singer" prize at the "Curs Internacional de Música Isaac Albéniz" in Spain. In 2007 she was awarded 2nd place at the "Internationaler Lied Wettbewerb Hugo Wolf" in Stuttgart. Elena has performed at the Gran Teatre ... Read Full Biography
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Christina Sidak

Christina Sidak

Mezzo Soprano

Christina Sidak was born Vienna, where she completed her studies in Singing at the University for Music and Performing Arts with distinction. Her teachers included Regina Köbler, KS Gabriele Fontana, Reto Nickler and Christoph U. Meier. Masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Marjana Lipovsek and Helmut Deutsch further enriched her development as a singer. Christina Sidak was an award winner in the Heinrich Strecker Singing Competition and in 2013 she won the “Würdigungspreis”, an award of special ac... Read Full Biography
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Jan Petryka

Jan Petryka

Tenor

Born in Warsaw into a family of musicians, Jan Petryka first graduated as a cellist at Kunstuniversität Graz before completing his studies in ‘Lied und Oratorium‘ (with Marjana Lipovsek and Rotraud Hansmann) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Jan has since worked with renowned ensembles and conductors such as Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Erwin Ortner), Les Musiciens du Louvre (Marc Minkowski), Radiosymphonieorchester Wien, Bach Consort Wien, Wiener Akademie, L’Orfeo Barockorchester, La Chapelle Rhe... Read Full Biography
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Martin Häßler

Martin Häßler

Baritone

Since becoming a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble in the 20/21 season Martin Häßler has appeared in roles including Dr. Falke in Otto Schenk’s iconic production of Fledermaus, 1st Nazarener (Salome), Moralès (Carmen), Wagner (Faust) and in Jossi Wieler’s new production of Henze’s Das verratene Meer. Role debuts in his forthcoming season at the Vienna State Opera include Masetto in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Don Giovanni, Steuermann in Calixto Bieito’s premiere of Tristan und I... Read Full Biography
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Deirdre Brenner

Deirdre Brenner

Pianist

Pianist Deirdre Brenner has performed throughout the USA, Europe and Asia. A musician with a passion for chamber music and art song, she has given recitals in venues including the Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Kozerthaus, Wiener Volksoper, The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Teatro Real (Madrid), Philharmonie Essen, Stadthalle (Bayreuth), the National Concert Hall (Dublin), and the Hollywell Music Room (Oxford). Deirdre has performed at festivals including the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music, Oxford Lieder Festival, Aix-en-Provence F... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch

Pianist

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. 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

Festival Passes

This event is part of a series:

The Last of the Romantics - Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna

Please click here to view the full Festival brochure.    Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century was a vibrant melting pot for music and the arts. Whirling waltzes sat alongside gargantuan symphonies. The height of romanticism had been reached but was nearly exhausted and on the brink of a whole new musical language. Tradition - with Brahms a holder of the torch - ...

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