Musical journey with Magdalena Durant and Chris Harding - Concert
Sunday, 8 November 2015 from 19:00 to 20:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Polish Soprano Magdalena Durant and Scottish Pianist Chris Harding present a lieder recital inspired by the folk music of each nation. Each composer, inspired by their country and the folk songs which were sung to them, explores new ways of communicating these beloved tales. The programme includes Szymanowski's beautiful 'Kurpian Songs' and MacMillan's powerful 'Three Scottish Songs' alongside tales by Chopin, Lutoslawski, and Liddell.
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Życzenie - A Young Girl's Wish
Piosnka litewska - Lithuanian Song
Smutna rzeka - Sad River
Melodia - Melody
Śliczny chłopiec - Handsome Lad
Claire Liddell (1937- )
Ca’ the Yowes
Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
Morze - The Sea
Rycerze – Knights
Dzwony cerkiewne - Church Bells
Francis George Scott (1880–1958)
The Old Fisherman
Ay Waukin, O
James MacMillan (1959) – Three Scottish Songs
Karol Szymanowski – Kurpie Songs Op.58
Ciamna nocka, ciamna
Magdalena Durant, born in Wrocław, Poland, studied at the Music Conservatory Karol Lipiński in Wrocław, Poland, as well as at the renowned Cologne State Higher School of Music in Germany.
Magdalena is a soprano with broad experience in performing operatic repertoire, with works such as Mozart’s Magic Flute, Handel’s Teseo and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, as well as diverse solo concerts, performing songs and cycles composed from the 18th century up to the ultra-modern, such as works by Mauricio Kagel and Yati Durant. She has performed at the Wrocław Opera, the Cologne, Altenberg and Edinburgh Cathedrals, and together with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen. In November 2010 she performed the role of Luisa in the opera Bremer Freiheit by Adriana Hölszky as a soloist of the Berliner Kammeroper at the Konzertshaus Berlin. Magdalena Durant is also an experienced entertainer with many jazz, gospel and operetta engagements to her credit.
Chris Harding began playing piano at 14 with Shona O'Mahoney in Dunfermline. Thereafter he went on to study music with Simon Coverdale at Edinburgh Napier University; graduating with a first class BMus (Hons). Chris then went to Germany for a year to study both piano and lieder with Professors Piotr Oczkowski and Bob Versteegh (Detmold Hochschule für Musik). He currently works as a freelance accompanist with several instrumentalists putting on recitals across the UK; he was recently invited to perform a recital for Cello and Piano at the Rotary Club in Leverkusen, Germany.
Presented in collaboration with Reid School of Music, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
When & Where
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh