Saturday 12 June 19:00 BST / 20:00 CEST
Wigmore Hall, London
MARK PADMORE tenor
KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT piano
Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Winterreise (‘Winter Journey’) D 911
In partnership with Wigmore Hall
Is it strange to gather on a midsummer’s evening to recall the sometimes splendid and harrowing trials of winter? Over the past year, during the enforced seclusion brought about by the pandemic, many of us have seen all too clearly how the wintry spirit of bitter cold can invade our lives even on the brightest days. One of the many messages of Schubert’s Winterreise (1828), however, is the recompense of art: the discovery that romantic beauty can emerge from the winter journey, with its solitude and hardships, and accompanying sense of alienation. Therein lies catharsis, and that is what transforms Schubert’s Winterreise from a profoundly intimate portrayal of the emotional travails of an individual, unrequited lover into a masterpiece for all times and seasons.
All concerts will be live-streamed on takt1.com
Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. He is an Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Director with the English Concert. He is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and guest directs from the keyboard with many other ensembles. In the 20/21 season, Kristian appears as a soloist with Essener Philharmoniker/Richard Egarr, Les Arts Florissants/William Christie, Kammerorchester Basel/Giovanni Antonini, Orchestre National de France/Emmanuel Krivine and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Klaus Makela. He will play and direct with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth-Century, Concerto Copenhagen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester and English Concert. Kristian gives solo recitals, and has a close recital partnership with Anne Sofie von Otter. Kristian's rich and award-winning discography is available on Harmonia Mundi.
Mark Padmore was born in London and studied at King's College, Cambridge. He has established an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in the Bach Passions have gained particular notice. His opera work has included leading roles at the Aldeburgh Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and most recently the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Mark performs with the world's leading orchestras. He was Artist-in-Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and held a similar position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment continues to attract worldwide acclaim. As a recitalist, Mark has performed all three Schubert song cycles in major concert halls throughout the world. He was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014. In 2019 he was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mark is Artistic Director of the St Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.