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John Tomlinson/Rozanna Madylus

The Art of Love & Kokoschka's Doll

 
Alexander Zemlinsky
Fantasie op9 no3 (‘Liebe’)
Selige Stunde op10 no2
Alma Mahler
Einsamer Gang
Laue Sommernacht
Licht in der Nacht
Erntelied
Gustav Mahler
Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
Adagietto from Symphony no5
Liebst du um Schönheit
Anton von Webern
Trio movement (leads into Verwandlung)
David Matthews
Verwandlung (Transformation)
Richard Wagner (arr Liszt)
Isolde’s Liebestod (extract)
Träume
INTERVAL
John Casken
Kokoschka’s Doll

Sir John Tomlinson bass Rozanna Madylus mezzo-soprano

Counterpoise - Fenella Humphreys violin Deborah Calland trumpet Kyle Horch saxophone/clarinet Sebastian Wybrew piano


This is a concert in two parts. 

We start with The Art of Love, a musical portrait of Alma Mahler and her time. Vienna; hotbed of artistic revolution. Alma; beautiful, talented, passionate and flawed. She had a string of husbands (notably composer Gustav Mahler), and an even longer string of lovers, including painter Oskar Kokoschka. But she was a gifted composer and pianist – no mere socialite.

Rozanna Madylus and Counterpoise present four of Alma’s own romantic songs. They also perform pieces by her teacher and lover Zemlinsky, her husband Gustav Mahler, the avant-garde miniaturist Webern, and Wagner/Liszt – before her time, but towering musical influences. We also hear two rarities: A song by Alma (recently discovered by Counterpoise) and Webern’s unpublished Trio movement, which has a specially written continuation by our patron David Matthews.

“Madylus was an engaging stage presence” The Daily Telegraph “Imaginative arrangements by David Matthews” The Guardian


Kokoschka’s Doll, John Casken’s powerful mini-opera for voice and small ensemble, makes an enticingly theatrical second half – a text based on Oskar Kokoschka’s poems, letters and autobiography, and a score that weaves these into a musical fabric to conjure up fin-de-siècle Vienna.

“Shot through with echoes of Wagner and Mahler, Casken’s chamber score...is lean and effective” The Times

Kokoschka often painted Alma Mahler, including the famous double-portrait, The Bride of the Wind. He was just one of her eminent lovers, but when she ended their brief affair he became obsessed with her, and she haunted the rest of his life. In bitter grief he commissioned a life-size doll of Alma and took it to public events. 

Renowned bass baritone Sir John Tomlinson becomes the tormented painter in old age, vividly bringing to life all the passions of the affair, aggravated by Kokoschka’s traumatic memories of serving in the First World War.

“Tomlinson’s titanic, heart-rending performance” The Daily Telegraph “Counterpoise’s ceaselessly versatile and intriguing combination of piano, violin, trumpet and clarinet/saxophone” The Independent

Musicologist and author Barry Millington will introduce the performance.

Wikipedia: Alma Mahler l Oskar Kokoschka

Self-portrait with Alma Mahler (1912)


www.johntomlinson.org  
www.rozannamadylus.com   www.counterpoise.org.uk    

Programme notes provided free of charge

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Sun 6 Oct 3:00pm

Little Missenden Church

Tickets £22, £16, £8

Alma Mahler: 5 Lieder