Wednesday 19 January 2022 8pm
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
English songs by : Butterworth, Ireland, Quilter
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel
Benjamin Appl was Gramophone magazine’s Young Artist of the Year in 2016. He has appeared at major European venues, becoming 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.