Mark Padmore, tenor; Paul Lewis, piano; 01/18/2019

Mark Padmore, Tenor; Paul Lewis, Piano
Friday, January 18, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

The art song "dream team" (New York Times) of British tenor Mark Padmore and compatriot pianist Paul Lewis comes to Middlebury with a stunning program of German lieder, including selections by Brahms, Mahler's Rückert-Lieder, and Schumann's Dichterliebe. "Music making of the highest order by two accomplished individuals who, when working together, create a force to be reckoned with."—Classical Music Sentinel. A Nelson Series event, made possible with additional support from Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) members Marny and Rob Lichtenstein. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30/25/10/6

Photo Marco Borggreve

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Media


Tenor Mark Padmore and Pianist Paul Lewis Perform Schumann's ‘Mit Myrthen und Rosen’ for WQXR.


Program

BRAHMS Es liebt sich so lieblich im Lenze, Op 71 No 1

BRAHMS Sommerabend Op 85 No 1

BRAHMS Es schauen die Blumen alle, Op 96 No 3

BRAHMS  Meerfahrt Op 96 No 4

BRAHMS Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht, Op 96 No 1

MAHLER  Rückert-Lieder

intermission

SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op 48


Biographies

Mark Padmore, Tenor

"...Mark Padmore's tenor caught on prime form. Such pleasing timbre, such luminous diction, such sensitivity to word and phrase, such restraint but also strength...I do not think the latest version can be bettered." –Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review

In opera Mark has worked with directors Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell, Mark Morris and Deborah Warner. Recent work includes the leading roles in Harrison Birtwistle The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival and Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden; Captain Vere in Britten Billy Budd and Evangelist in a staging of St Matthew Passion for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Third Angel/John in George Benjamin Written on Skin with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Future projects include new works written for him by Tansy Davies and Thomas Larcher.

In concert Mark performs with the world's leading orchestras. in the 2016/17 season he was Artist in Residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and will hold a similar position with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2017/18 Season. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has involved projects exploring both Bach St John and St Matthew Passions. He also collaborates regularly with The Britten Sinfonia.

Mark gives recitals worldwide. He has performed all three Schubert song cycles in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna and New York. Regular recital partners include Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jonathan Biss, Imogen Cooper, Julius Drake, Till Fellner, Simon Lepper, Paul Lewis, Roger Vignoles and Andrew West. Composers who have written for him include Sally Beamish, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Thomas Larcher, Nico Muhly, Alec Roth, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Huw Watkins, Ryan Wigglesworth and Hans Zender.

His extensive discography include recent releases: Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Haydn Die Schöpfung with Bernard Haitink and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on BR Klassik and lieder by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart with Kristian Bezuidenhout for Harmonia Mundi. Other Harmonia Mundi recordings include Handel arias As Steals the Morn with the English Concert (BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award); Schubert cycles with Paul Lewis (Winterreise won the 2010 Gramophone magazine Vocal Award); Schumann Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout (2011 Edison Klassiek Award) and Britten Serenade, Nocturne and Finzi Dies Natalis with the Britten Sinfonia (ECHO/Klassik 2013 award).

Mark was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014. He is Artistic Director of the St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall

http://www.markpadmore.com

Paul Lewis, Piano

Lewis brought his customary intelligence and intensity…with endless shifts in colour and weight. The fearsome technical demands…were met with unshowy dexterity. –Tim Ashley, The Guardian

Paul Lewis CBE is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D'or de l'Annee, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. In 2016 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, and holds honorary doctorates from Southampton University and Edge Hill University.

He performs regularly as soloist with the world's great orchestras and is a frequent guest at the most prestigious international festivals, including Lucerne, Mostly Mozart (New York), Tanglewood, Schubertiade, Salzburg, Edinburgh, and London’s BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in one season. His recital career takes him to venues such as London's Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall in New York, Vienna’s  Musikverein and Konzerthaus, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Tonhalle Zurich, Palau de Musica Barcelona, Symphony Hall Chicago, Oji Hall in Tokyo and Melbourne’s Recital Centre.

The 2016-17 season included Beethoven concerto cycles with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, appearances with the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding, the Philharmonia with Andris Nelsons, Chicago Symphony with Manfred Honeck, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink. The 17/18 season sees the start of a two year recital series exploring connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven's Bagatelles and Diabelli Variations. 

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