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2017.04.21 Recital, Leeds College of Music, Leeds: Joseph Middleton

Leeds Lieder Festival

Opening Concert


“The heavens above and the road below me”


Friday 21 April 2017, 7.30pm

The Venue, Leeds College of Music

Simon Keenlyside, baritone – Cancelled due to illness 

Replaced by Henk Neven

Joseph Middleton, piano


photo: Uwe Arens

From Leeds Lieder Festival brochure:

“We are thrilled to announce Leeds Lieder Festival, 21 April – 23 April 2017: Songs of Travel.

One of the world’s most sought after and charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside is noted for his highly charged performances, probing intellect and rich baritone voice. Tonight he opens the 2017 Leeds Lieder Festival with Joseph Middleton in an exploration of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, that towering non-cycle, which explores the theme of a distant and unattainable beloved, described by Schubert’s publisher Haslinger as ‘the final blooms of Schubert’s creative muse’. To open the recital, Keenlyside and Middleton perform extracts from that great Romantic English cycle Songs of Travel in which Stevenson had composed the words of the opening song ‘to an air of Schubert’.”

General booking: from 12 December. Call Leeds College of Music Box Office on 0113 222 3434.

Leeds Lieder Festival website


Franz Schubert 1797 – 1828
Alinde D904
Geheimnis D491
In der Ferne D957
Ihr Bild D957
Der Atlas D957
Am Meer D957
Ständchen  D957
Aufenthalt D957
Der Wanderer D649
Das Fischermädchen D957
Abschied D957

Vaughan Williams 1872 – 1958
from The Songs of Travel
The Vagabond
Youth and Love
The infinite shining heavens
John Ireland 1879-1962
The Vagabond
Kurt Weill 1900 – 1950
Dirge for two Veterans
Frank Bridge 1879-1941
Thy hand in mine

Henri Duparc 1848-1933
Chanson Triste
Le Manoir de Rosemonde

Francis Poulenc 1899 – 1963
from Chansons Gaillardes
La Maîtresse volage
Chanson à boire
Invocations aux Parques
La Belle jeunesse

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