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12 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 10

The drama of Schubert

Our tenth highlight from the 2015 Southwell Music Festival to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas is a single Schubert lied.  One song – but what a gem.

Schubert may not have excelled as an opera composer but in less than four minutes his setting of Goethe’s poem Ganymed brings a fragment of Greek myth vividly to life with all the drama of an operatic scena.  Of course his ‘librettist’ – imagining the emotions of the youth Ganymede as he is seduced by Zeus through the beauty of Spring – was no slouch.  And neither is Schubert whose piano part, in all its variety and orchestral colour, speaks with as much emotional weight as the sublime vocal line.

This performance was given by tenor Nick Pritchard and pianist Libby Burgess as part of the Schubertiade in the State Chamber on 27th and 28th August.

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The 2016 Festival takes place from 25-29 August.  The programme will be launched at a special concert on Friday 18th March at 7.30pm in Southwell Minster.