Richard Wagner is acknowledged as one of the towering influences on composers of the late 19th Century. During two study days, on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October, we examine why this is, with particular reference to Liszt, whose bicentenary we celebrate this year, and Wolf, whose complete songs are being sung and recorded at Oxford Lieder concerts over the coming years.
At 11am and 3.30pm, on both days, Amanda Glauert, Natasha Loges, Roderick Swanston and Gulliver Ralston will be exploring the phenomenon of Wagner in a series of lectures and workshops at the Jaquieline du Pré Music Building. The concerts at lunchtime and in the evenings will further illuminate the subjects covered in these talks.
At 1.10pm on the 18th October, Pianist Martin Sturfält will be playing Liszt’s remarkable transcriptions of Wagner’s Valée d’Oberman, and the “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde; as well as Wolf’s early paraphrases, which cast new light on both composers.
At 1.10pm on the 19th October, outstanding young soprano Louise Alder presents a programme that includes Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, as well as songs by Strauss and Wolf, complementing our study days.