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More Love Songs – With and Without Words
15 April 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEST$20 – $40
This concert is based around the Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, the sequel to Brahms’ celebrated partsongs for vocal quartet and four-hands piano duet.
The many facets of love, its joys, rewards, disappointments and sorrows, are explored in various ways through contrasts of mood and texture, from solo voice and duet to full ensemble.
The program opens with a set of charming duets for female voices by Mendelssohn, who famously created an entirely new genre for solo piano, the Lieder ohne Worte or ‘songs without words’.
One of the finest of them named ‘Duetto’ provides a link to the French selections, commencing with one of Fauré’s own piano solos in this genre, from his Romances sans paroles.
Each half of the program features the solo male voice in works that use imagery inspired by changes in nature, times of day and the seasons.
The emotional response to an ‘absent’ love is explored in one of the finest song cycles, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte.
Vocal mastery is also seen in the Trois chansons by Fauré, and also in two rarely heard gems by his contemporaries which conclude the program – L’eternelle Sérénade by Georges Huë and Renouveau by Lili Boulanger.