The Fifth Day of Christmas – Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer

Welcome to Day Five of our 12 Days of Christmas series in which we are presenting twelve short highlights from the inaugural 2014 Southwell Music Festival.

Today we offer two songs from Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer Op 52.  The complete performance of the cycle closed our opening Chamber Classics concert in the State Chamber on Friday 22nd August.  The concert – showcasing the talents of a core group of Festival musicians, the Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists – began with Mendelssohn’s Octet, followed by Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds.

The songs chosen are nos 11 (Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen) and 12 (Schlosser auf, und mache Schlösser).

The translation for no. 11 is:

No, it is not possible/To put up with these people;/They interpret everything/So spitefully.

If I’m happy, they say/I harbour lewd desires;/If I’m quiet, they say/I’m madly in love.

The translation for no. 12 is:

Locksmiths, come, make me padlocks,/Padlocks without number!/So that I can shut their malicious mouths/Once and for all.

The performers are Alison Rose (soprano), Carris Jones (mezzo soprano), Nick Pritchard (tenor) and William Townend (bass) with pianists James Baillieu and Libby Burgess.  The recording producer is Alex Barnes .

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Please join us for the Festival’s London concert on Tuesday 3rd February and find out about the 2015 Festival programme when it is launched at Southwell Minster on Friday 13th March.  Details are in the Christmas newsletter (pdf download). The dates for the 2015 Southwell Music Festival are 27-31 August.