G Gershwin Summertime
A Copland Nature, the gentlest mother (from 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson)
S Barber Sure on this shining night, Op. 13/3
W Walton Through gilded trellises
J Ireland The trellis
I Gurney The fields are full
B Britten Seascape (from On This Island)
G Fauré Nell, Op. 18/1; La fée aux chansons, Op. 27/2
H Berlioz Villanelle (from Nuits d’Éte)
H Duparc Chanson triste
C Debussy Apparition
J Brahms Sommerabend; Mondenschein, Op. 85/2; Feldeinsamkeit, Op. 86/2
R Strauss Die Drossel; September (from Four Last Songs)
Joseph Middleton – described as ‘one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder’ by BBC Music Magazine – has devised a sequence of song recitals exploring responses to the four seasons, with four singers taking a season each and their last song or encore leading us into the next season. For Spring, the second recital in his series, he is joined by soprano Lucy Crowe.
Staffordshire-born soprano Lucy Crowe has built an international opera, concert and recital career, with a repertoire ranging from Purcell to the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and the recent recording of James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio.