Wednesday 1 April 2020 8pm
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
English songs by : Butterworth, Ireland, Quilter
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel
Benjamin Appl is the holder of Gramophone magazine’s award Young Artist of the Year 2016. He was a BBC New Generation Artist in 2014-16 and a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist for the 2015/16 season. He has appeared at major European venues and became an exclusive Sony classical recording artist in May 2016. His duo partner, the much sought-after pianist, Simon Lepper, has, since 2013, been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Their recital takes the theme of the Wanderer and combines Vaughan Williams’ 1904 settings of Robert Louis Stephenson’s poems – ‘Songs of Travel’ – with Mahler’s ‘Songs of a Wayfarer’ from twenty years before. Although both cycles hymn the delights of being free amid the glories of the natural world, Stephenson’s traveller is more phlegmatic than the tortured and deserted lover of Mahler’s songs, whose character relates back to the spirit of the romantic verse which Schubert sets in the opening collection of lieder.