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Mark Padmore & Kristian Bezuidenhout

Lieder by Beethoven and Schubert

Schubert’s heartbreaking Schwanengesang alongside lesser-known but equally impassioned love songs by Beethoven, from two of today’s finest Lieder performers.

Mark Padmore is one of Britain’s most accomplished tenors, as at home on the opera stage as he is in recital, and prized for his scrupulous musicianship and intense interpretations. He is joined by Kristian Bezuidenhout, generally considered the leading fortepianist of his generation for his inspired, crisp playing.

They perform heart-rending songs by Beethoven, from the touching Goethe settings Mailied and Neue Liebe, neues Leben to the larger-scale An die ferne Geliebte, in which Beethoven conveys his feelings of sensual passion and unfulfilled desire to his ‘distant beloved.’

They close their recital with Schubert’s monumental Schwanengesang, a cycle of 14 songs depicting a despairing man tormented by his lost love that takes the listener on a profound emotional journey.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. 

Mark Padmore combines an acute intelligence with an unvarnished directness in all he sings…


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Mark Padmore Tenor
Kristian Bezuidenhout Fortepiano

Beethoven Mailied Op 52 No 4
Beethoven Neue Liebe, neues Leben Op 75 No 2
Beethoven Abendlied unterm gestirnten Himmel
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
Schubert Schwanengesang

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Mark Padmore

Kristian Bezuidenhout

8 August 2016

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.