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Anne Sofie von Otter & Kristian Bezuidenhout

28 June 2018, 19:30 - 21:30


Concert

Evening


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The Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street
Oxford, OX1 3AZ



We are thrilled to welcome back the Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, one of the greatest singers of our time. She is joined in recital by the world-renowned fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, whose revelatory performances of Mozart have drawn particular praise. Their captivating programme is also being performed at the Schubertiade in Austria and in Aldeburgh.

They begin with a group of Mozart's best-known songs, followed by two solo piano works by Franz Schubert, and his stunning flower-ballad 'Viola'. After the interval, we hear songs by two of Sweden's leading Romantic composers, both contemporaries of Schubert, though they long outlived him: Adolf Lindbald (1801-1878) and Franz Berwald (1796-1868). And finally these two extraordinary artists return to Schubert himself, with the 'Andante molto' from the E flat piano sonata D568, and a group of songs.

Kristian Bezuidenhout will be playing a copy of an 1822 piano made in Vienna by Conrad Graf. It was built by Rodney Regier in 1989 in the USA, and revised by Edwin Beunk & Johan Wennink in 2002. It is in the collection of Edwin Beunk in Enschede, in the Netherlands. It will be transported to the UK especially for this concert and their performance at Aldeburgh.

This concert is presented in association with the Oxford Festival of the Arts.

Programme


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Artist Portrait

Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter

Mezzo-Soprano

Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is one of today's most recorded artists with an unrivalled discography built across a career spanning more than three decades at the very top of her profession. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of acclaimed recordings as well as a collaboration with pop legend Elvis Costello on For the Stars. Her first recording with Naïve Classique, Love Songs, with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau was released in 2010 and her double CD, Douce F... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Pianist

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. Kristian first gained int... Read Full Biography