Hugo Wolf – Italian Songbook Tour
September 10 - September 18
Hugo Wolf’s Lieder masterpiece, Italienisches Liederbook (Italian Songbook) is presented in a new English translation and staging by Jeremy Sams, Louise Shephard and Christopher Glynn.
For his final masterpiece, Hugo Wolf looked south – to Italy – and produced a collection of tiny jewel-like songs that paint a kaleidoscopic portrait of village life. The men and women of his Italian Songbook fall in and out of love, with squabbles and petty jealousies heard alongside serenades and love songs of great beauty. Darker undercurrents also occasionally emerge in a songbook that Wolf filled with humour and charm, sarcasm and tenderness, delight and despair. Like Mozart, Wolf creates characters that are astonishingly precise, vivid and detailed, but also somehow universal. And his tiny scenes of village life paint a bigger picture too: a whole world of human frailty, passion and pain.
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