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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Alice Coote
Julius Drake

Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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One of the most riveting song cycles ever written, Schubert’s Winterreise is a touchstone for singers in every vocal category, male and female. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote has won tremendous acclaim for her performances of this masterpiece, and she puts her unique stamp on it in Zankel Hall with pianist Julius Drake.

Performers

Alice Coote, Mezzo-Soprano
Julius Drake, Piano

Program

SCHUBERT Winterreise

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating.

This concert and the Pure Voice Series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

At a Glance

One of Franz Schubert's greatest masterpieces is his mammoth song cycle (a succession of 24 songs) entitled Winterreise, or Winter Journey, composed in 1827 on poems by a Prussian poet named Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827). In this bleakly beautiful confrontation with ultimate things, a wayfarer who has been rejected in love goes on a quest through the wintry landscape of his soul in search of reasons for his difference from other human beings.

Along the way, he ponders the nature of his journey-a symbol of life itself from Homer on-and heroically but unsuccessfully attempts to put aside his grief in order to continue living. He is tempted by inner voices proffering death in the fifth song ("The Linden Tree") but never attempts suicide, although he longs for death with increasing fervor as the journey continues. Throughout, he probes his inner self for answers to his questions about existence, and the questions finally lead to a grim epiphany in the 20th song ("The Signpost"), in which he recognizes a stark and awful fate. At the end, he sees himself in the hallucinatory image of a hurdy-gurdy player, grinding away at his instrument despite the fact that no one can hear him.

In early 19th-century Europe, songs were generally considered to be trifles intended for amateur music making at home. Schubert, his ambitions monumental from the start, would not have it that way and composed two song cycles on poetry by Müller (Die schöne Müllerin, or The Beautiful Miller Maid of 1823 is the other), whose depth and breadth are audible to all with ears, eyes, and hearts. Never again would anyone be able to say that "song" was not the equal of symphonies, operas, or string quartets in profundity.

Bios

Alice Coote


Renowned on the recital, concert, and opera stages of the world, Alice Coote is regarded as one of the great artists of today. The recital platform is central to her musical life, and she performs throughout the UK, Europe, and the US at venues that include the BBC Proms, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.

Ms. Coote is also in demand worldwide on the operatic stage in both male and female roles. She performs in the UK at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Opera House, as well as at the Salzburg Festival, Bavarian State Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Metropolitan Opera.

Ms. Coote's many recordings and DVDs include Schumann's Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und -leben on Wigmore Hall Live and Elgar's Sea Pictures with the Hallé Orchestra.

Julius Drake


Pianist Julius Drake lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world's leading artists both in recital and on recordings. Mr. Drake appears regularly at all the major music festivals and venues, including the Aldeburgh Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Munich Opera Festival, Schubertiade Festival, and Salzburg Festival, as well as at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and the BBC Proms.

Mr. Drake's many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Ian Bostridge for EMI and an award-winning recording with Gerald Finley for Hyperion. Among many awards, Mr. Drake was the recipient of Gramophone awards in 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2011.

Upcoming performances include a tour of the US for recitals with Alice Coote; recitals with Mr. Bostridge, Christoph Prégardien, and Danielle de Niese; and concerts in his series Julius Drake and Friends at London's historic Middle Temple Hall with artists who include Anne Sofie von Otter and Simon Keenlyside.

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