CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 8 PM

Dorothea Röschmann
Mitsuko Uchida

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The superstar team of soprano Dorothea Röschmann and pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs love songs by Schumann and Berg. Schumann’s great love for Clara Wieck is at the heart of this Liederkreis, songs he described in a letter to her as his “most romantic music ever, with much of you in it.” His marriage to Clara might have inspired his song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, a celebration of a woman’s devotion to her husband. Schumann’s piano mastery is evident throughout, as the instrument is given a more prominent role than ever before heard in the song literature. Berg offers a fevered view of love in his impassioned Seven Early Songs.

Performers

  • Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano
  • Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

Program

  • SCHUMANN Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • BERG Seven Early Songs
  • SCHUMANN Frauenliebe und -leben

Audio

Schumann's "Im Herbste"
Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano | Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
Decca

At a Glance

The great German Romantic poet Joseph von Eichendorff was one of Robert Schumann’s favorite sources for song composition. We hear Schumann’s assemblage of 12 haunting, passionate songs to this man’s words in the Liederkreis, Op. 39, composed during the “miracle year” of 1840, when he created more than 100 songs. From the loneliness and alienation at the beginning to the nocturnal springtime rapture at the close, this opus defines Schumann’s new approach to song composition.

The great 20th-century composer Alban Berg, famous for his operas Wozzeck and Lulu, wrote beautiful songs in his youth, when he was studying composition with another great 20th-century composer Arnold Schoenberg. We hear seven consummate late-Romantic songs that he wrote separately and then gathered for publication in 1928.

Although Schumann wrote individual songs as well, he gravitated to the composition of cycles, including Frauenliebe und -leben to words by a French aristocrat brought up in Germany after the French Revolution. In the year of his marriage to the great pianist and composer Clara Wieck, Schumann created richly expressive music for Adelbert von Chamisso’s poems in which a woman recounts how she fell in love, married, bore a child, and mourned her beloved husband’s death.
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This performance is sponsored by Nomura.
This performance is part of Great Singers I.