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Marcus Farnsworth baritone
James Baillieu piano
SCHUBERT Die Winterreise D911
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, Marcus Farnsworth has been forging a successful international career in concert halls and on the operatic stage. James Baillieu is an accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist , acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as "being in a class of his own".
Schubert described Die Winterreise to one friend as "a cycle of terrifying songs" that "please me more than all the rest, and in time they will please you too."In Winterreise Schubert set poems by Wilhelm Müller that depict a solitary individual amid nature at its cruellest and coldest: it's a vision of numbing intensity expressed in music that is by turns bold and desolate. The poet's son even likened Schubert's setting to "a tragic opera".
Artistic Director's recommendation: Schubert Die Winterreise
"One of the most absorbing, profound and ultimately beautiful experiences that can be enjoyed in the concert hall"
Pre-concert talk, 6.45pm:
Schubert's music: between drama and lyricism
By Professor Julian Horton from Durham University
Post-concert: Join Marcus, James and MitR Artistic Director, Angus Smith, after the concert to find out more and ask your questions.
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