Two Romantic song cycles
Sara Mohr-Pietsch introduces song cycles and piano music by Schumann and Faure, performed by tenor Julian Pregardien and pianist Eric le Sage.
Live from Wigmore Hall, London, introduced by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
In February 1840, Robert Schumann wrote to his fiancée the virtuoso pianist Clara Wieck that he had just completed a large cycle of song setting poems by Heinrich Heine. This was the Liederkreis Op. 24, and it would be his first published song cycle. 1840 was Schumann’s 'Liederjahr', his year of song, during which he composed over 125 songs and this somewhat lesser-known set is full of pathos. Fauré's Verlaine settings of 1892-4 are dedicated to the singer Emma Bardac, with whom Fauré was in love at the time. (After her affair with Fauré, Emma met Claude Debussy whom she would eventually marry.) These two passionate song-cycles are performed by two exceptional artists: Eric le Sage, the French pianist especially admired for his interpretations of Schumann and Faure; and Julien Prégardien, the German tenor lauded for his versatility of repertoire.
Robert Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 24
Gabriel Fauré: Nocturne No. 6 in D flat Op. 63
La bonne chanson Op. 61
Julian Prégardien (tenor)
Eric Le Sage (piano)