Lucy Crowe and Joseph Middleton

Wed 12 July 2023

The Four Seasons: Summer / Soprano and Piano


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.