Recital by soprano Joan Rodgers, pianist Christopher Glynn, the Elias Quartet. Herbert Hughes: Selection of Songs. Schoenberg: Cabaret Songs. Britten: The Poet's Echo. Plus Faure.
The second concert from the Songlines Series at this year's City of Song Festival in Derry features soprano, Joan Rodgers with pianist Christopher Glynn and the Elias Quartet. Schoenberg's Brettl-Lieder are an early example of the emerging from devoted to light-hearted social satire known as cabaret. The songs are fun with some risqué double entendre. The Poet's Echo is Britten's setting of six texts by Pushkin. Britten felt that setting the songs would help his "obstinately bad Russian". La bonne chanson by Fauré is a joyful setting for voice, quartet and piano of nine texts by Verlaine on the them of love and happiness. The concert ends with a selection of Irish songs arranged by Herbert Hughes. Introduced by Sean Rafferty.