Cancelled: Sir Bryn Terfel, Bass-Baritone
Natalia Katyukova, Piano
Whether he is singing a dramatic aria or exploring the nuances of a song, Sir Bryn Terfel “can roar—with pain, with pleasure, with fierce indignation, filling the hall with full, strong tone, [and] can also coo and purr at an extreme pianissimo, making a sound that stays audible only because there is so much in it to feel, as well as to hear” (The New York Times). The beloved Welsh bass-baritone returns to Carnegie Hall for one of the season’s most electrifying recitals.
Sir Bryn Terfel, Bass-Baritone
Natalia Katyukova, Piano
IRELAND "Sea Fever"
IRELAND "The Bells of San Marie"
QUILTER "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal," Op. 3, No. 2
QUILTER "Weep You No More, Sad Fountains," Op. 12, No. 1
QUILTER "Go, Lovely Rose," Op. 24, No. 3
QUILTER "Fair House of Joy," Op. 12, No. 7
BRAHMS Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121
SCHUMANN "Belsatzar," Op. 57
SCHUBERT "Trinklied," D. 888
SCHUBERT "Ständchen," D. 889
SCHUBERT "An Sylvia," D. 891
QUILTER Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Selections from Songs of Travel
·· The Vagabond
·· Whither Must I Wander
·· Bright Is the Ring of Words
·· I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope
Additional selections to be announced from the stage
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
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
Welshman Bryn Terfel has chosen a program rich in British song, much of it better known in his country than in ours. Ireland, Quilter, and Vaughan Williams were contemporaries who dominated the setting of British poetry during the first half of the 20th century. Their songs are juxtaposed with lieder from a century earlier by three of the German music world’s giants: Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms. Specifically, we have the opportunity to experience side-by-side how Quilter and Schubert (in German translation) responded to Shakespeare’s song poetry.
A theme of mortality also runs through this program. Brahms’s magnificent Vier ernste Gesänge constituted his last published work. At the time he wrote these songs, he was mourning the loss of Clara Schumann and was beginning to succumb to cancer. Vaughan Williams was a young man when he composed his Songs of Travel after poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, who already knew his life would be short. Both works have the feeling of a valedictory.