25 November 2011

The  Morandini House Concert on Friday 25th November, at 6.30pm.  comprised works by Schumann, Chopin, Guion, Debussy and Beethoven, with performances by Gregor Morandini (bass) and Melanie Lina (piano).

Part I

The recital begins with several gems from Schumann's piano masterpiece, Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood).
  • Schumann: selections from Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) for piano
  • Robert Schumann has composed the cycle of 16 songs “Dichterliebe” (Poet’s Love) in just over two weeks in May 1840 three years after he fell in love and became engaged with Clara. Dichterliebe is not a true narrative cycle of Heinrich Heine’s collection of the Book “Lyrisches Intermezzo”. Rather, it presents instead a series of emotional tableaux which chronicle a drawn-out love affair, from its joyous happy beginning to sad, painful conclusion. Although the poet speaks in his final song of burying both his songs and his love, the cycle itself ends ambiguously, for Schumann repeats the postlude to “Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen”. Is the poet simply remembering his past happiness, or is it the affair to begin again? “Dichterliebe” stands as an eternal monument to one of music’s most inspiring love-affair.
  • Schumann: Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love) for voice and piano

Part II

    Part II will feature well-loved piano works Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin, performed by Ms. Lina.
  • Beethoven: Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’
  • D. Guion: The Harmonica Player
  • Chopin: Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, no. 1
  • Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse