01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20130122LSO St Luke's Schumann + 1 Series
The first in a series of concerts featuring Schumann song cycles recorded recently at LSO St Luke's. Today John Mark Ainsley and Roger Vignoles perform perhaps the most famous, the psychologically complex "Dichterliebe". Also on the programme are Beethoven's love song to "Adelaide" and the first ever song cycle by a major composer - "An die ferne Geliebte", which reflects the pain of separation.
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Roger Vignoles (piano)
Beethoven: Adelaide
Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte
Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op 48
Presented by Penny Gore.
02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20130123LSO St Luke's Schumann + 1 Series
Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Iain Burnside (piano)
The next in a four-part series featuring Schumann song cycles, recorded recently at LSO St Luke's. Today Alish Tynan and Iain Burnside perform "Liederkreis", with texts by the poet Joseph von Eichendorff. Schumann wrote to his then fiancee Clara Wieck, "The Eichendorff cycle is my most Romantic music ever, and contains much of you in it."
Also on today's programme, music from another prolific composer of lieder, Mendelssohn.
Mendelssohn: There be none of Beauty's daughters; Sun of the sleepless
Schumann: Liederkreis op 39
Mendelssohn: Der Blumenkranz; Neue Liebe; Scheidend; Wanderlied; Nachtlied
Presented by Penny Gore.
03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20130124LSO St Luke's Schumann + 1 Series
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Andrew West (piano)
The next in a series featuring Schumann song cycles from LSO St Luke's. Today we hear "Kernerlieder" - twelve settings of poems by the eccentric doctor Justinius Kerner. This set of songs hints at a tale of lost love, against an ever-present background of nature.
Roderick WIlliams and Andrew West also perform songs by Brahms, which are likely to have been inspired by his devoted relationship with the widowed Clara Schumann.
Brahms: Es liebt sich so lieblich im Lenze; In Waldeinsamkeit; Der Gang zum Liebchen; Sapphische Ode; Ständchen
Schumann: Kerner-lieder, Op. 35
Presented by Penny Gore
04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20130125LSO St Luke's Schumann + 1 Series
Wendy Dawn Thompson (mezzo Soprano)
Eugene Asti (piano)
The last in a series of concerts featuring Schumann song cycles, recorded recently at LSO St Luke's. Today Wendy Dawn Thompson and Eugene Asti perform "Frauenliebe und -Leben", which celebrates a woman's marriage and motherhood, and closes with the sorrow of bereavement. The cycle foreshadowed the Schumann's own marriage, as Robert died young, leaving Clara to four decades of widowhood.
Also on the programme, Schumann's Mary Stuart Songs, written towards the end of his life, and songs by Mahler, the heir to Schumann and Brahms in the realm of German song.
Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben, Op 42
Schumann: Abschied von Frankreich; An die Königin Elisabeth; Gebet (Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op 135)
Mahler: Urlicht; Ich atmet' einen linden Duft; Liebst du um Schönheit; Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Presented by Penny Gore



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