Russian Lullaby

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Unique in the musical landscape of Australia, Songmakers Australia brings together some of the country’s leading singers and instrumentalists in a diverse repertoire comprising some of the pinnacles of chamber music.

Under the artistic patronage of Graham Johnson, founding director of the acclaimed London-based Songmakers Almanac, pianist Andrea Katz teams with soprano Merlyn Quaife, mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell, tenor Andrew Goodwin and bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos in inspired programs that feature a dynamic interplay of song and chamber music.

Nursery rhymes and lullabies are insightful windows into the parent-child relationship. Love and death, desires and fears are reflected in the lyrics, some of them allegoric, some outright confronting. Songs and duets by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky and Kabalevsky frame the centerpiece of this program, Shostakovich’s most touching, unusual and melancholy song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op.79.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Songmakers Australia

PROGRAM

Mikhail Glinka
Cradle Song

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Winter Evening

Dmitry Kabalevsky
There Was An Old Woman

Modest Mussorgsky
With Nurse

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Cradle Song
The Cuckoo

Modest Mussorgsky
The Cat And The Birdcage

Dmitry Kabalevsky
Five Little Pigs

Dmitri Shostakovich
From Jewish Poetry

ARTISTS

Merlyn Quaife soprano
Sally-Anne Russell mezzo-soprano
Andrew Goodwin tenor
Andrea Katz piano

Series

This production is part of the following series:

Songmakers Australia

Unique in the musical landscape of Australia, Songmakers Australia brings together some of the country’s leading singers and instrumentalists in a diverse repertoire comprising some of the pinnacles of chamber music.

Local Heroes 2017

Now in its sixth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

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