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February 18: Brahms and His Poets

 

UCD School of Languages & Literatures and DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, with the generous support of the German Embassy and UCD German Society

present

'Brahms and his Poets'

A Lecture-Recital

Natasha and Stephan Loges (London)

 
Tuesday 18 February 2014, 7 p.m.
McCann Hall, DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama,
Chatham Row, Dublin 2

 
The programme
The majority of the poets whose texts Brahms set are hardly recognized as lyric poets today — indeed, many are almost completely forgotten. Brahms was, however, an acute and vastly literate man, and his poets offer a rich panorama of nineteenth-century German literature. Many of the poets maintained diverse professional identities, e.g. dramatists, novelists, government officials, soldiers, clergymen and art historians. Others are talented poets who chose not to follow mainstream literary trends.
This lecture-recital presents a selection of Brahms’s songs and considers the figures who inspired them, the poetic features to which Brahms responded and the reasons for his interest in those particular poets.
 
The performers
Natasha Loges (accompanist, speaker)
Natasha Loges is Assistant Head of Programmes at the Royal College of Music. She also works as a song accompanist, and has performed in various venues overseas and in the UK. She has broadcast live for BBC Radio 3 and gives pre-concert and educational talks at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Royal Academy of Arts. Together with her husband, bass-baritone Stephan Loges, she undertook a concert tour of India in 2002 sponsored by the Goethe-Institut. Natasha has devised and performed various programmes involving words and music, including Goethe’s Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, the Brahms contemporary Robert Fuchs, and Liszt’s time in Weimar.
Natasha Loges gained her BMus in piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her MMus at King’s College, London and completed her doctoral thesis on Brahms’s songs at the Royal Academy of Music. During 2012–13 she held a fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, spending the year in Berlin researching for a monograph on Brahms and his poets. The author of several articles, her co-edited book with Katy Hamilton,Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press this year.
 
Stephan Loges (bass-baritone)
Born in Dresden, Stephan was a member of the Dresden Kreuzchor before studying at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. An early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, Stephan has given numerous Lieder recitals throughout the world.
Plans this season and beyond include Britten War Requiemwith the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Mass in C with the CBSO and Olari Eits; Haydn The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus and arias) with the Academy of Ancient Music, Munich Bach Choir and Gabrieli Consort; recitals in Madrid with Roger Vignoles (Brahms Magelone Lieder), and at the Wigmore Hall with Simon Lepper.
Stephan has performed with many international orchestras and ensembles throughout the world and regularly appears with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has sung Bach Cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Passions with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh (also recorded for DG). He made his Proms debut in 2002 in St Matthew Passion with Trevor Pinnock. Equally at home on the opera stage, some of his recent roles are Wolfram (Tannhäuser) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) at La Monnaie, Brussels; Maximillian (Bernstein Candide) at the Berlin Staatsoper; James Macmillan’s Parthenogenesis for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and, in concert, the Count (Capriccio), Bill (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) at the Edinburgh Festival, and Ottokar (Der Freischütz) with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis.



Jointly organised by the UCD School of Languages & Literatures and DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, with the generous support of the German Embassy and UCD German Society.