This summer, Richard Frewer and David Price are to perform Schubert’s last collection of songs, published after his death. Schwanengesang consists of thirteen songs: six by Ludwig Rellstab, six by Heinrich Heine and one by Johann Seidl. There may be no narrative coherence to the set but musically they hold together and they are some of Schubert’s most expressive, dramatic and recognisable songs.
Richard Frewer sings for the joy and challenge of it. Throughout his career as architect and university chair professor, he has maintained a considerable reputation as a concert singer. He has been awarded the Philharmonia Orchestra’s prestigeous Martin Scholarship, and taken part in Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s masterclasses in London and Hanover. David Price was the director of music at Dauntsey’s School and has been conductor of the Trowbridge and Bath Symphony Orchestras and musical director of a number of West Country opera companies.