Monday, 19 November 2018

Schumann’s at heart of this year’s Lieder

SCHUMANN’S complete songs will be the focus of the 15th Oxford Lieder Festival later this year.

SCHUMANN’S complete songs will be the focus of the 15th Oxford Lieder Festival later this year.

The festival runs from Friday, October 14, to Saturday, October 29, with weekly and full-festival passes on sale now.

The Schumann Project, which falls on the 160th anniversary of the composer’s death, places his works for voice alongside an array of his other works and songs by his friends and contemporaries.

The two-week Lieder festival, which won an Royal Philharmonic Society award for the 2014 Schubert Project, encompasses chamber and choral works, study events, artistic partnerships and world-class musicians.

It will explore Schumann’s life and times, his friends and contemporaries, his influences and his legacies, and his literary and artistic interests — all illuminating and casting a fresh light on his remarkable body of songs.

Graham Johnson returns for two lecture-recitals exploring Schumann’s life and music, while study days will look at Schumann’s fascination with Bach and at the political upheaval and revolution of the 1840s.

Wolfgang Holzmair will lead the residential master course and there will be film screenings, masterclasses and talks.

This year is also the 120th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s death — her 29 songs will be included in the festival. Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber will give the opening recital, and other artists appearing in Oxford for the first time include Anne Sofie von Otter, Bo Skovhus and Juliane Banse.

The roster also features Thomas Allen, Sarah Connolly, Felicity Lott, James Gilchrist, Sophie Karthäuser, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Christoph Prégardien, and Roderick Williams, alongside other many leading artists and emerging stars.

Passes for the whole festival cost £460 and a week-long pass is £280, available now from 01865 591276 or via General booking opens on Wednesday, June 1.

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