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Sally Matthews, Soprano
Simon Lepper, Piano

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Sally Matthews by Sigtryggur Ari Jóhannsson, Simon Lepper by Robert Workman
Sally Matthews thrills in grand music. In operatic roles like Strauss’s Marschallin, Janáček’s Jenůfa, or Silvia in Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, her “radiant voice and natural allure” (The New York Times) is spellbinding. The ultra-Romantic music on this program is ideally suited to her tremendous talents. From the steamy passion of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder—composed while he was working on his opera Tristan und Isolde—to the melodic splendor of Strauss, Sibelius, and others, she will bathe every phrase in beauty.


Sally Matthews, Soprano
Simon Lepper, Piano


SIBELIUS "Demanten på marssnön," Op. 36, No. 6

SIBELIUS "Våren flyktar hastigt," Op. 13, No. 4

SIBELIUS "Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte," Op. 37, No. 5

SIBELIUS "Var det en dröm?," Op. 37, No. 4

GRIEG Six Songs, Op. 48

GRIEG Melodie from Lyric Pieces, Op. 38, No. 3

GRIEG "Melancholie" from Lyric Pieces, Op. 47, No. 5

GRIEG Arietta from Lyric Pieces, Op. 12, No. 1

R. STRAUSS Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op. 67, Nos. 1–3

R. STRAUSS "Morgen!," Op. 27, No. 4

R. STRAUSS "Das Rosenband," Op. 36, No. 1

R. STRAUSS "Cäcilie," Op. 27, No. 2

WAGNER Wesendonck Lieder
·· Der Engel
·· Stehe still!
·· Im Treibhaus
·· Schmerzen
·· Träume

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Salon Encores

Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

At a Glance

Featuring the music of Jean Sibelius and Edvard Grieg—two of Scandinavia’s most revered composers—this evening’s program has a strong Nordic flavor. Though Richard Strauss hailed from farther south in Bavaria, the program also features his Three Lieder of Ophelia, songs drawn from the hapless Danish princess’s mad scene in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It also features selections that are the product of the composers’ passionate relationships: Grieg enjoyed a long and creatively fruitful marriage with soprano Nina Hagerup, while Strauss married and concertized extensively with soprano Pauline de Ahna. Richard Wagner’s fervid Wesendonck Lieder were inspired by the poetry of Mathilde Wesendonck, with whom he had an intense, adulterous love affair in Switzerland while composing the opera Tristan und Isolde.

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