Kate Royal's recital includes two cycles of Robert Schumann: the essential Liederkreis, op. 39, one of the most important works written by the composer in 1840, and a beautiful cycle of his second time that we haven’t started yet, Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, op. 135, with a Lied by Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg as a prelude. The program is completed with other songs from other Schumann's cycles and a few ones by Gabriel Fauré, which built the Prison that entitles the programme. So far, we’ve heard four Lieder from this recital:
- Three of them are from Eichendorff's Liederkreis: Mondnacht, the first cherry I told you; Frühlingsnacht, a radiant song, the first of our ten happiest songs; And Waldesgespräch, Susanna Puig told us about it some weeks ago in the series dedicated to the Master's Degree in Lied at ESMUC. In all three cases, we heard the recording by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore.
- The fourth Lied was also presented by one ESMUC students, Guillem Martí. It's Mein schöner Stern, the n. 4 of Minnespiel, op. 101 and we also heard Fischer-Dieskau, accompanied by Jörg Demus.
- Gute Nacht, with Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau; Erstarrung, with Hanns Hotter and Gerald Moore; Der Lindenbaum, a guest post where my friend Javier del Olivo shared two versions, one by Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber and another by Thomas Quasthoff and Charles Spencer; Auf dem Flusse with Martti Talvela and Ralph Gothóni; Die Krähe with Christopher Malman and Graham Johnson; Täuschung, with Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch and Die Nebensonnen with Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten.
Dein Bildnis wunderselig
Hab’ ich im Herzensgrund,
Das sieht so frisch und fröhlich
Mich an zu jeder Stund’.
Mein Herz still in sich singet
Ein altes, schönes Lied,
Das in die Luft sich schwinget
Und zu dir eilig zieht.
I have in my heart's depths;
it looks so freshly and joyously
at me in every moment.
My heart sings mutely to itself
an old, beautiful song
that soars into the air
and hastens to your side.
Next week we will close our 2016-2017 season with a different post, just wait and see!