‘Vive la Différence’, the title of this recital, generally refers to the sexes; but might it not equally be a ‘hurrah’ for the difference between the musical and poetic traditions of Germany, France and Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century?
Join Richard Frewer and David Price as they explore the grandeur of the German Lieder tradition through works by Richard Strauss; the light romantic Gallic quality in Mélodies by Satie, Chabrier, Duparc and Bizet; and the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ in songs by Thomas Hardy and Gerald Finzi. The main work in this recital will be ‘Earth and Air and Rain’, Finzi’s set of ten of Hardy’s poems.
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 Philharmonic Orchestra’s prestigious Martin Scholarship, and taken part in Elisabeth Shwarzkopf’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. He is a passionate chamber music player and a distinguished freelance coach, accompanist and lecturer.
£15 (Garden Café open for drinks and, Anthony Fry (1927-2016) A Retrospective, open 6 to 7.30pm)