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Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten) 
Romances on British Poetry (Shostakovich) 
The Poet’s Echo (Britten)  
Songs and Proverbs of William Blake (Britten)  

The visionary poet and painter William Blake inspired many composers, none more effectively than Benjamin Britten. This cycle, drawing a blazing picture of the innocence and injustice Blake saw around himis staged John Savournin, with Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 finalist, Julien van Mellaerts, accompanied by Ella O’Neill.  

Romances on English Poetry (Shostakovich)  

Dimitri Shostakovich’s brooding, passionate settings of Robert Burns, Shakespeare and Raleigh conceal the composer’s deep feelings about life, caught as he was on the anvil of 1942, hammered by clashing totalitarian armies. Edward Hawkins (bass) is the voice of the man who awaits the reasonless midnight call of his killer, in a world in which beauty is crushed as soon as it is found. Accompanied by Sergey Rybin. 

The Poet's Echo (Britten) 

Written in Armenia for the Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, Britten’s careful, astonishing setting of the Russian poet Pushkin are rarely performed. ‘Who hears the poet? Who is listening to my song?’ as poet and composer. Directed by James Conway, Jenny Stafford is the soloist in this haunting work, sung in the original Russianaccompanied by Sergey Rybin. 

 

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