Mirjam Frank mezzo-soprano
Matthew Stanley piano
PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE:
Vivaldi Stabat Mater, RV. 621
Quilter ‘Fear no more the heat o’ the sun’ from Five Shakespeare Songs
Mahler ‘Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen’ from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Zemlinsky 'Elfenlied' from Sechs Lieder, Op. 22
Zemlinsky 'Gib ein Lied mir wieder' & 'Wanderers Nachtlied' from Twelve Songs, Op. 27
Gideon Klein Lullaby
Ilse Weber Wiegala & Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt
Beethoven In questa tomba oscura
Colonel Thomas Traill My luve’s in Germanie
Charles Ives In Flanders Fields
“This programme explores songs that were either composed in or engage with fraught circumstances: songs about shadow and dream worlds, night-time rather than day-time. Some of them directly reflect on the turmoil of a war, or were written in concentration camps. Others talk about loss and alienation in more universal terms. Uncertainty, instability and a growing fear of the failure of our current world order are ever-present today. Throughout the centuries, music has been a vehicle for expressing such sentiments. Rather than presenting a themed set of songs, this recital sets out on a journey and follows the protagonists through loss and grief, but also into their dreams of a distant and perhaps more joyful future. We will hear pieces by Gustav Mahler from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, some of Alexander Zemlinsky’s late songs, as well as compositions by Ilse Weber, Gideon Klein, Roger Quilter, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach.” MF
Mirjam Frank sings with renowned ensembles and as soloist. She performed her own project Monodrama – Hommage à Cathy Berberian at NYU in the spring of 2015, and was invited to sing Dvořák’s Biblical Songs at the Bohemian National in New York. In addition to her solo work, Mirjam sings with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir in Vienna (director, Erwin Ortner). Conductors she worked with include Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marc Minkowski, Diego Fasolis, Franz Welser-Möst and Cornelius Meister. Mirjam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Drama from Royal Holloway University of London in 2011.
This event will have a 20-minute interval. Wine and soft drinks are on sale during the interval.