St George's Hall Concert Room

Chamber Music

Roderick Williams, baritone and Iain Burnside, piano

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Vaughan Williams
Four Last Songs
Roderick WIlliams
Iain Burnside

"You have never seen me sad; let it not happen now, on parting…” Schubert’s Schwanengesang collects the last thoughts of one of music’s noblest spirits. Tender, heartfelt and profound, it’s a whole music-drama in miniature. And you’ll never hear it sung with more understanding or love than by two of the world’s greatest living interpreters of lieder: Roderick Williams and the incomparable Iain Burnside. The evening opens with songs by Vaughan Williams and Fauré, both late works by these composers.

Williams perfectly captured the balance between anger and irony, bittersweet recollection and despair, and made every word, every syllable, matter.
The Guardian

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