The Juvenilia and the Munich School
Johnny Herford (baritone) Joseph Middleton (piano)
In association with the Kathleen Ferrier Awards
Songs by Strauss, Mahler, Thuille and Pfitzner
Leeds Lieder begins its fascinating survey of the songs of Richard Strauss with a recital given by Johnny Herford, a recent prize-winner at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He is accompanied by Leeds Lieder Director Joseph Middleton, curator of this series. These three Strauss concerts will present the songs chronologically and open with his first foray into song writing, a childishly innocent, though remarkably assured Christmas song composed when he was just 6. Following other songs written in his youth, the duo present his opus 10 (which includes such gems as Zueignung, Die Nacht and Allerseelen). Next to these early songs are juxtaposed works by two of his friends: the harmonically rich songs of Ludwig Thuille, including his setting of Die Nacht, are performed and these sit alongside the virtuosic passion of Hans Pfitzner’s writing. To compliment this exploration of romanticism in song, a group of Mahler’s early songs will be performed.
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds
Tickets: £20 / £18 (advance purchase discount*) / Free (students and under 16s)
*advance purchase discount applies to tickets bought up to two 14 days prior to the concert taking place.