|Thursday, November 21, 2013|
Mark Plummer and Cristian Pastorello perform the Dichterliebe of Robert
Schumann, an extraordinary song cycle on poetry of the great Heinrich
Heine. Schumann was at the height of his compositional powers in 1840
when he composed it. However, its first complete performance was not
given until 1895. It is often seen as one of Schumann's greatest works,
filled with emotional nuance and deep understanding of the heart's path
through an unrequited love. The piano and voice are truly in duet as
Schumann weaves together 16 short songs to tell the story.
Additionally on the program is Schumann's great piano work Kreisleriana,
a set of programmatic works that Schumann dedicated to the
pianist/composer Chopin. The works are deeply emotional, varied and
chronicle the internal path of author ETA Hoffman's character Johannes
Kreisler. The work was completed in 1838, near the same time as the
Dichterliebe and is again noted by musicologists and music lovers as one
of Schumann's greatest creations.