Third Thursday Concert: Mark Plummer & Cristian Pastorello

Thursday, November 21, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Crimi Auditorium

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.



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