The Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stephany is invited by Manchester Camerata to perform, along with the ensemble's music director Gábor Takács-Nagy a portrait of works by composers struck by the love bug. The muse for Webern's uncharacteristically lush early Slow Movement was Wilhelmine Mörtl, his future wife. Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes explore love in all its shapes and forms. Dvorak's Love Songs, in an arrangement here by David Matthews, are all settings of romantic poems by Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky. Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky, king of melodies, was dedicated to his mystery patron, Nadezhda von Meck, whom he never actually met.
This concert will also be streamed to the following venues: Gala Theatre, Durham (Live on 28 April), The Maltings, Berwick (Nearcast on 29 April) and Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland (Nearcast on 28 May)
Verbier Festival 2011
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