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Cancelled: Leeds Lieder | The Songmakers’ Almanac

Saturday April 18, 2020 at 19:30
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, Leeds
£25, £23 (concessions), £5 (under 26/students)
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  1. Overture, from Così fan tutte K 588 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. Where is the life that late I led, from Kiss Me Kate - Cole Porter
  3. Ah guarda, sorella, from Così fan tutte K 588 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  4. Sisters - Irving Berlin
  5. Die Schwestern, from 4 Duets, for soprano and alto Op 61 - Johannes Brahms
  6. Italienisches Liederbuch, 'Italian Songbook' - Hugo Wolf
    • Mir ward gesagt, du reisest in die Ferne
    • Ihr jungen Leute
  7. Sie blasen zum Abmarsch, from Spanisches Liederbuch, 'Spanish Songbook' - Hugo Wolf
  8. If he can fight like he can love, good night Germany! - George Meyer, lyrics by Grant Clarke and Howard E Rogers
  9. Sister Susie's sewing shirts for soldiers - Herman Darewski, lyrics by Robert Patrick Weston
  10. 3 Duets Op 20 - Johannes Brahms
    • Weg der Liebe: Allegro
    • Weg der Liebe: Poco adagio
  11. That's him - Kurt Weill
  12. Trust her not! - Charles Gounod
  13. Spanisches Liederbuch, 'Spanish Songbook' - Hugo Wolf
    • Herz, verzage nicht geschwind
    • Trau nicht der Liebe
  14. Mother Comfort, from 2 Ballads - Benjamin Britten
  15. Underneath the abject willow, from Fish in the unruffled lakes - Benjamin Britten
  16. No, resistance is but vain, from The Maid's Last Prayer (or Any Rather Than Fail) Z 601 - Henry Purcell
  17. What can we poor females do? Z429 - Henry Purcell
  18. El desdichado - Camille Saint-Saëns
  19. Tarantelle Op 10 No 2 - Gabriel Fauré
  20. She is more to be pitied than censured - William B Gray
  21. How can a little girl be good? - Reginald Tabbush
  22. Italienisches Liederbuch, 'Italian Songbook' - Hugo Wolf
    • Nun lass uns Frieden schliessen
    • Wir haben beide lange Zeit geschwiegen
  23. Soave sia il vento, from Così fan tutte K 588 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The indefatigable Graham Johnson revolutionised the Lied recital with his Songmakers’ Almanac. A typically wide-ranging programme, tonight’s recital is based on the plot of Così fan tutte (and containing numerous Mozartian echoes), Johnson has devised a programme of Lieder, English songs and duets where the interactions between the Neapolitan sisters, and the manipulative Don Alfonso, progress along Da Ponte’s lines: Sisters in love – ‘Bella vita militar’ – Constancy – Weakening – Capitulation and Abandon – Reconciliation.

‘…young Soraya Mafi lights up the stage and pricks up the ears’ Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times

‘Thomas has a ‘real’ bass voice: full of ringing right at the bottom; layers of colour that blend smoothly and thickly; sonorous roundness without heaviness’ Opera Today on William Thomas at Wigmore Hall

‘That peerless song accompanist’ The Daily Telegraph on Graham Johnson

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall
University of Leeds School of Music, Cavendish Road
West Yorkshire
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