Stephen Johnson is joined at Manchester Grammar School by Swedish baritone Hakan Vramsmo and pianist David Quigley for an exploration of Schumann's Romantic song cycle Dichterliebe.
Stephen Johnson is joined, at Manchester Grammar School, by the Swedish baritone Håkan Vramsmo and pianist David Quigley for an exploration of Schumann's intensely Romantic song-cycle "Dichterliebe".
Composed in 1840, "The Poet's Love" is arguably Schumann's best-known song-cycle. The texts for the 16 songs are taken from Heinrich Heine's "Lyrisches Intermezzo", which he wrote between 1822 and 1823. The very natural, almost hyper-sensitive poetical affections of the poems are beautifully mirrored in Schumann's settings, with their miniaturist chromaticism and suspensions. The poet's love is a hothouse of nuanced responses to the delicate language of flowers, dreams and fairy-tales.