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Miah Persson, soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Pre-concert talk – 6:30 PM

Please note that Florian Boesch has regretfully withdrawn from this performance due to illness. Miah Persson will instead offer a solo recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau.

The year 1840 was a miraculous one for Schumann, devoting himself almost exclusively to song composition. Long melodic lines and a prominent role for the piano makes his songs among the most remarkable of the time. This concert features music from that year, including the impassioned Frauenliebe und –leben, a celebration of love, marriage, and motherhood. There’s also music by his beloved wife, Clara, and richly melodic songs by Grieg.With a voice “clear and lithe” and “a great sensitivity to the text” (The New York Times), acclaimed Swedish soprano Miah Persson creates “spine-tingling moments of vocal splendour” (Edinburgh Spotlight). The wind beneath her wings is the “exquisitely sensitive pianism of Malcolm Martineau, whose dynamic shading and heart-stopping timing… redefine the words ‘accompaniment’ and ‘collaboration’” (The Herald).



Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

Six Songs, Op. 48

     Gruss (Greeting)

     Dereinst, Gedanke mein (One day, my thought)

     Lauf der Welt (The Way of the World)

     Die verschwiegene Nachtigall (The Secretive Nightingale)

     Zur Rosenzeit (The Time of Roses)

     Ein Traum (A Dream)


Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Frauenliebe und –leben, Op. 42




Gesanges Erwachen, from Elf Jugendlieder, WoO 121

Mondnacht, from Liederkreis, Op. 39

From Liederalbum für die Jugend, Op. 7


      Er ist’s


Traümerei, from Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (piano solo)


Robert and Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Der Himmel hat eine Träne (Robert Schumann, Op. 37 No. 1)

Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (Clara Schumann)

O ihr Herren (Robert Schumann, Op. 37 No. 3)

Liebst du um Schönheit (Clara Schumann)

Clara Schumann


Robert Schumann

 Liebeslied, from Op. 51

Nachtlied, from Op. 96

Die Sennin, from Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90


From Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart, Op. 135

      Abschied von der Welt







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