Schumann and Shakespeare

Schumann & Shakespeare by Clare McCaldinIn this recital programme, Clare sings a new group of songs for her by Stephen Dickinson, entitled A Shakespeare Quartet. The songs are settings of speeches from four different female characters in Shakespeare’s plays: Rosalind’s teasing of Orlando (As You Like It), Viola to Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Gertrude’s description of Ophelia’s watery death (Hamlet) and Hermia’s dream (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

The programme also includes a duet Stephen wrote in 2016 for Clare and baritone Paul Sheehan, setting Prospero’s closing speech from The Tempest, as well as duets by Robert Schumann, and Gerald Finzi’s celebrated Shakespeare Cycle, Let Us Garlands Bring.

The Programme

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

Tanzlied; In der Nacht; Ich bin dein Baum

Gerald Finzi (1901 – 1956) – Let Us Garlands Bring:

  • Come Away, Come Away, Death (Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene 4)
  • Who is Silvia? (The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV, Scene 2)
  • Fear No More the Heat o’ the Sun (Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene 2)
  • O Mistress Mine (Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene 3)
  • It Was a Lover and His Lass (As You Like It, Act V, Scene 3)

It Was a Lover and His Lass (As You Like It, Act V, Scene 3)

Stephen Dickinson (b. 1948)

Pie Jesu; Benedictus

A Shakespeare Quartet

  • The Mad Humour of Love (As You Like It, Act III Sc 2)
  • She Never Told Her Love (Twelfth Night, Act II Sc 4)
  • The Death of Ophelia (Hamlet Act IV, Sc 7)
  • Hermia’s Dream (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II, Sc 2)

Our Revels Now Are Ended (The Tempest, Act IV Sc 1)

Schumann & Shakespeare – 16 July 2017