12 december
2020
 
Gulnara Shafigullina – Soprano
Pamela Smits – Cello
Tobias Borsboom – Piano

Come along with The Voice that travels to distant times and places, beyond national borders and religions.  From Italian odes to flowers and love, through Viennese farewell kisses and a dizzying spinning wheel, to Russian wailing about maddening seduction, including boiling jealousy and lips melting together. 

Unknown gems from The Netherlands and France are combined with favourite audience hits such as the Ave Maria and a Brazilian Aria. Also notable are the Akhmatova Songs for soprano and cello by the British composer John Tavener, who was drawn to the mystical. He wrote this work on six poems by the highly-regarded Russian modernist poet Anna Akhmatova, who did not have an easy life as an activist under the Stalinist regime.  

Go on a wondrous journey together with the soprano Gulnara Shafigullina, pianist Tobias Borsboom, and cellist Pamela Smits ("They enchant with their playing. Two poets of the keys and strings have found each other." - Westdeutsche Zeitung). The Russian star soprano also literally shines with her voice across many borders (Metropolitan Opera New York, Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg, London Philharmonia Orchestra.) 

The Voice on a Journey

Giulio Caccini
Amarilli mia bella, for soprano and basso continuo

Alessandro Scarlatti
Le Violette, for soprano and basso continuo

Franz Schubert
Auf dem Strom D.943, for soprano, cello and piano

Schubert/Franz Liszt
Gretchen am Spinnraden, for piano solo

Anton Arensky
Landysh, for soprano, piano and cello

Mikhail Glinka
Ne iskushai, for soprano, cello and piano
Somnenie, for soprano, cello and piano
Zhavoronok, for soprano and piano

– intermission –

John Tavener
Akhmatova Songs, for soprano and cello

Charles Gounod
Ave Maria, for cello and piano

Jules Massenet
Elegie, for soprano, piano and cello

Alphons Diepenbrock
Berceuse, for soprano, piano and cello

Heitor Villa Lobos
Aria, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for soprano, piano and cello

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