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Saturday 10 March 2918 

Sidmouth Parish Church.

 

Spring Concert

 

Isca Ensemble with Roger Hendy (MD)

with

Julian Rippon - baritone

 

Rossini : Overture 'Semiramide'

Handel : 'Ombra mai fu' - Xerxes

Mahler : 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen'

                'Songs of a Wayfarer'

Mozart :  'Si voul ballare' - Marriage of Figaro

Tchaikovsky : Symphony No 5.

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Rossini : Overture 'Semiramide'

Mahler : 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’

Mahler : Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer).

 

Mahler wrote the poetry for Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) himself, though he was heavily influenced by the folk verses in the collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn). His poems are almost certainly autobiographical; Mahler casts the protagonist/himself as “a travelling journeyman who has met with adversity, setting out into the world and wandering on in solitude.”

He originally penned six poems but trimmed the cycle down to four, which he composed for voice and piano. (They are performed by either male or female singers.)

 

Irony abounds in the first song, “Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht” (“When My Sweetheart is Married”): Chipper triangle and woodwind flourishes alternate with slow, drooping phrases from the singer and strings as the narrator expresses anguish at his beloved marrying someone else.

 

The melody of the relentlessly cheerful second song, “Ging heut’ Morgen über’s Feld” (“This Morning I Went Over the Field”), became the opening theme of Mahler’s first symphony.

 

The third song, “Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer” (“I Have a Gleaming Knife”), opens with a tumultuous orchestral introduction before the narrator courses through waves of the agony of lost love.

 

The final song, “Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz” (“The Two Blue Eyes of my Beloved”), begins with a funeral march, and incorporates gently rocking lullaby tropes to represent the narrator resting beneath the linden tree.

Tchaikovsky : Symphony No 5.

Tchaikovsky : Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.


Tchaikovsky’s first three symphonies were steeped in folk tune, but his Fourth and Fifth began tackling some bigger questions.  It seems that the composer was gravitating toward his most intimate utterance through these two symphonies on the way to his Sixth – the one so full of foreboding and devastation.  But to most accurately describe the self expression in Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, one must hearken back to the words of his contemporary, Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “There is an indispensable measure of suffering even in the happiness of the Russian people, for without it, its happiness is incomplete.”  Such is the indescribable music of this masterpiece.  Sorrow and joy exist side by side in Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.

Handel : 'Ombra mai fu' - Xerxes

Mozart :  'Si voul ballare' - Marriage of Figaro