Live from Wigmore Hall, London.
Presented by Katie Derham.
Live from London's Wigmore Hall. British mezzo-soprano and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Jennifer Johnston sings Wolf, Britten and Mahler accompanied by pianist Joseph Middleton.
Wolf's settings of Goethe's poetry about the young girl Mignon occupies the first half of the concert. The sequence ending with 'Kennst du das Land' - 'Do you know the land' - Mignon's words of longing for her homeland from which she was cruelly snatched as a child. Another sort of longing ends Mahler's Ruckert Lieder as the poet of 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen' yearns for withdrawal from the everyday turmoil of the world into the most meaningful aspects of his life: his heaven, his life, and his song.
Wolf: Mignon I ('Heiss mich nicht reden')
Wolf: Mignon II ('Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt')
Wolf: Mignon III ('So lasst mich scheinen')
Wolf: Kennst du das Land
Trad (arr. Britten): Ca' the Yowes
Trad (arr. Britten): At the mid hour of night
Trad (arr. Britten): O waly waly
Mahler: Five Ruckert Lieder: Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder; Ich atmet einen linden Duft; Um Mitternacht; Liebst du um Schonheit; Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)
Joseph Middleton (piano).