St Christopher

Oxford Lieder
Event 4
Saturday October 3rd, 5.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

The magic of song
Robert Schumann
Dichterliebe, op48
Gerald Finzi
Let us garlands bring, op18
Henri Duparc
La vie antérieure, Sérenade Florentine, Le manoir de Rosemonde

This is an archived event from the 2015 Programme.

Josep-Ramon Olivé baritone  Ben-San Lau piano

Schumann’s Dichterliebe cycle is one of his finest and best loved compositions, born of his struggle to marry Clara against her father’s wishes. His success unleashed a great outpouring of magnificent songs. The Dichterliebe settings, about the pain and joy of love lost and found, are tender, passionate, sad, defiant, angry – but unfailingly tuneful and deeply moving.

Duparc was a reticent and ailing genius whose total output of songs was no bigger than Dichterliebe – yet this tiny volume of work sets him firmly among the great songwriters. These perfect settings of three superb texts are among his best – and couldn’t sound more French!

Finally, a quintessentially English set: Finzi’s five Shakespeare settings, Let us garlands bring. These were dedicated to Vaughan Williams, who thought Fear no more the heat o’ the sun one of the loveliest songs he’d ever heard.

These two exceptionally talented performers won the 2015 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Competition.

Barcelona-born Josep-Ramon Olivé is studying Opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He recently won the Paul Hamburger Prize; and 2nd Prize at both the 20th International Singing Competition of Mâcon and the 7th International Singing Competition of Balaguer.

Ben-San Lau took a Guildhall Master’s degree with distinction in piano accompaniment. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Graham Johnson chose him for the 2013 Song Guild concert of Schubert Lieder. He has collaborated with Iain Burnside, and taken masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles.

Concert supported by Oxford Lieder