Bath festival - 30.05.2010

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Klever Kaff: Celebrating Kathleen Ferrier
Sunday 30 May, 11am - 1pm
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Bath International Music Festival celebrates Kathleen Ferrier, one of the greatest, and most loved, singers of all time.
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Hilary Summers contralto
Jonathan Papp piano
Paul Allen presenter
Saira Todd reader
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Programme:
Purcell Music for a while
Handel Where 'ere you walk (from Semele)
Vaughan Williams Silent Noon
Schubert Heidenroslein, Du bist die Ruh and Lachen und Weinen
Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (from Kindertotenlieder)
Benjamin Britten Recit and Aria: Give him this Orchid (from The Rape of Lucretia)
Brahms Wir Wandelten, Sapphische Ode, Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelszungen redete (from Vier Ernste Gesange)
Gluck What is Life without Euridice? (from Orfeo)
Edmund Rubbra Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd (from Three Psalms op61)
Trad arr Britten Down by the Salley Gardens
Frank Bridge Go not Happy Day
Trad arr Whittaker Blow the wind southerly
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A truly special Festival event: broadcaster and writer Paul Allen and opera star Hilary Summers portray the story of Kathleen Ferrier’s life in music. This concert celebrates her vivacity, passion and wit, with readings from her copious diaries and letters – often signed ‘Klever Kaff’.
The Welsh contralto Hilary Summers works extensively in Baroque opera (with The Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, The King’s Consort) but is equally at home with contemporary music, working closely with conductors including Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim. For this unique event she highlights the great range of Ferrier’s art, not forgetting Kathleen’s role as a muse to composers (including Edmund Rubbra and Benjamin Britten) as well as her great affection for folk music.
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