So, a stomach bug has rendered me pretty much useless today, about which I am not happy...
However, I do have some good news in that the repertoire has been pretty much confirmed for my tour!
Featuring thirteen composers from Purcell to Poulenc, I'll be delivering concerts dedicated to the music of the castrati (including music written for Guadagni, Senesino, and the most famous castrato of them all, Farinelli) as well as concerts featuring favourites of the Baroque stage, some of the best Romantic parlour music, and pieces not usually performed by countertenors, including Schubert's notoriously difficult piece 'Erlkönig', Mahler's remarkably profound 'Kindertotenlieder', and Purcell's classic 'Thy hand, Belinda' and 'When I am laid in earth' (both written for the character Dido in his musical drama 'Dido and Aeneas' both of which were written for women).
There are a number of more obscure pieces being performed too, such as 'Vedrò con mio diletto' (from Vivaldi's 'Giustino'), 'Ombra fedele anch'io' (from Broschi's 'Idaspe') and Poulenc's idiosyncratic and massively underappreciated miniature song cycle 'Le bestiaire, ou Cortège d'Orphée'.
However, there will also be some famous and well known pieces familiar to many an ear; 'He was despised' (from Handel's 'Messiah') 'Von den Stricken meiner Sünden' (from J.S.Bach's 'St.John Passion') and Brahms' 'Wiegenlied' (also known as "Brahms' Lullaby").
So, this will not be a boring set of recitals - there is a lot of music in there suited to everyone's tastes. Be sure to come along! The details of venues and ticket prices will be coming over the next few weeks, so keep a watch out!
Freelance countertenor, recently graduated from the University of Oxford and a Choral Scholar at Truro Cathedral. Here, there are updates on various projects and my musings on music, philosophy, and on life in general, all laid bare for your perusal, reading pleasure and comment. Enjoy!