In March 2021, Ian had the chance to record four 30-minute recitals with Robin Tritschler, Jess Dandy, Julien van Mellaerts and Harriet Burns, thanks to some generous supporters and the expertise of TallWall Media. See below for each video as it is released.
'My Beloved is Mine' - Schubert and Britten songs
With Robin Tritschler, tenor.
Taking Britten’s Canticle 1 as its focal point, this sequence of songs explores the different facets of devotion: love of people or places, love forbidden or denied, love consummated or unrequited, love real or imagined.
For further details on the programme and performers, please view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ik0MaF84YXU
Rückert-Lieder - Schubert and Mahler songs
With Jess Dandy, contralto.
Schubert was one of the first composers to realise the musical potential in the texts of Friedrich Rückert’s ‘Östliche Rosen’ ('Eastern Roses'), but Mahler also connected deeply with these words and used his texts in both this and the ‘Kindertotenlieder’ cycles. Full of evocative scents, heartfelt memories and relationships distant through space and time, the words of this hugely influential poet here link two of the greatest contributors to the Lieder repertoire.
For further details on the programme and performers, please view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/enHj59HqN_M
With Julien van Mellaerts, baritone.
The year after Ravel completed his daring settings of stories by Renard, Vaughan Williams went to study with him for a transformative few months in 1907. Songs by Vaughan Williams’ own pupil and fellow Gloucestrian Ivor Gurney lead us into a dreamworld: full of memories of home, lost loved ones, and lost freedom. As night falls, surreal animal characters are observed in vivid detail and hold us in rapt stillness in Ravel’s cycle.
For further details on the programme and performers, please view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_sadRLSgzoQ
‘Frauenliebe und -leben’ - songs by Clara and Robert Schumann
With Harriet Burns, soprano.
This monologue in song is built around Chamisso’s narrative of a woman’s life in a setting by Robert Schumann, expanded with interpolations by his wife Clara. Her virtuosic and stormy ‘Er ist gekommen’ describes the drama of the lovers’ developing relationship, and later ‘Die stille Lotosblume’ paints their first moments together as a married couple. The vow of devotion in ‘Liebst du um schönheit’ sits at the centre of the programme, using words from Rückert’s ‘Liebesfruhling’ which provided so much inspiration to both Clara and Robert’s early songs written to each other.
For further details on the programme and performers, please view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RW13TiM6SIA