Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Songs from the Same Earth, breathtaking settings of David Harsent’s verse, were premiered by Mark Padmore at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival. The cycle was one of several works specially commissioned to celebrate the Bicentenary of the RPS. It has been described by the Guardian as ‘a powerful reminder’ of ‘how art song, at its best, can provide both poet and composer with their highest calling’. The tenor sets Birtwistle’s work in company with the multi-hued emotions of Schumann’s Dichterliebe.
An die ferne Geliebte
Songs from the Same Earth* (London premiere)
* 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society / Britten-Pears Foundation commission
to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the bicentenary of the foundation of the Royal Philharmonic Society.