Oxford Lieder Festival: The Last of the Romantics
Mahler: A Life in Song Part I
14 October 2017, 11:00 - 15:00
Gavin Plumley leads two fascinating study days, in association with the Mahler Society. Joined by an exceptional team of musicians, in his lecture-recitals he will guide us through Mahler’s world, exploring his life, songs and surroundings in depth, and casting the composer in a more varied light than does the usual view of him as an epic symphonist. A linchpin of this year’s Festival and fascinating for all, whether you know Mahler inside out or are coming to him for the first time.
15 October 2017, 12:30 - 15:15
In preparation for the evening's Rosenkavalier screening, Matthew Sweet, author and presenter of BBC Radio 3's 'Sound of Cinema', leads a discussion about the history of music in silent films, as well as a more specific look at this opera/film.
My Dearest Hedgehog
15 October 2017, 16:00 - 17:10
This narrated recital, devised and written by Henrietta Bredin and already performed in numerous venues to great acclaim, explores the relationship between Richard Strauss and his wife, Pauline. Strauss wrote many of his greatest songs with her voice in mind and the fascinating and witty narrative, delivered by two renowned actors, is interspersed with a number of these works. This promises to be an entertaining and illuminating look at the Strauss family.
Mahler: A Life in Song Part II
21 October 2017, 11:00 - 15:00
The second of Gavin Plumley’s two study days surveying Mahler’s life and songs, presented in association with the Mahler Society.
Joined by an exceptional team of musicians, these lecture-recitals will guide us through Mahler's life, exploring his life, songs and surroundings in depth.