Concert 3 - Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 8pm Print


Brahms Lieder  

"Christianne Stotijn is in a class apart;

she stamps every note and word with character ...

Praise too for Julius Drake, a deft piano accompanist."


Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen  
Dvorak Love songs, op 83   
Respighi   Songs          

Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn was born in Delft and studied in Amsterdam. After winning several prestigious awards she was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist in 2007. A passionate interpreter of art song she has appeared in leading venues with longstanding duo partner, Julius Drake, whose reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, has found him collaborating with many of the world's leading artists, both in recital and on disc.

Their wide-ranging recital includes five of Brahms songs, in particular the moving 'May Night', and the four 'Songs of a Wayfarer' which Mahler wrote to his own texts in response to his unhappy love for the soprano Johanna Richter. Christianne Stotijn then sings the Dvorak op 83 Love Songs in their original Czech, some of which we heard in their string quartet versions last season. Finally we hear five early songs by Ottorino Respighi, better known for his orchestral works – all settings of the Italian poet Ada Negri.