Brad Mehldau, piano and Ian Bostridge, tenor

Friday, October 18, 2019 8:00PM
Emerson Concert Hall

<b>Brad Mehldau, piano and Ian Bostridge, tenor</b><br>
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Spell-binding jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has always had a heart not only for jazz standards, but also for classical composers like Schumann and Brahms. Mehldau met Ian Bostridge in 2015 when they discovered that even beyond their mutual admiration, they had numerous similar musical affinities. Since that time, Mehldau has written The Folly of Desire, an entire song cycle exploring love and desire.

With lyrics from the poetry of Shakespeare, Yeats, and E.E. Cummings, this new song cycle runs from fantastically playful to extraordinarily intense. Schumann’s Dichterliebe (“The Poet’s Love”) fittingly completes the concert program as these iconic artists take the stage to traverse the borders separating musical genres.

This program contains mature content.

“Inside the music of Brad Mehldau is a conflict among rock, jazz and classical personalities. Ultimately, though, the pianist has figured a way to integrate all three pretty seamlessly” -The Philadelphia Inquirer

Photo Credits: Brad Mehldau by Michael Wilson; Ian Bostridge by Sim Canetty-Clarke

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Ian Bostridge and Antonio Pappano perform Mahler, Revelge


The Folly of Desire, Brad Mehldau

  The Sick Rose–William Blake
  Leda and the Swan–William Butler Yeats
  Sonnet 147–William Shakespeare
  Sonnet 75–William Shakespeare
  Über die Verführung von Engeln–Bertold Brecht
  Ganymed–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Ganymede–W. H. Auden
  the boys i mean are not refined–e. e. cummings
  Excerpt from Sailing to Byzantium–William Butler Yeats
  Night II, from The Four Zoas (The Wail of Enion)–William Blake
  Lullaby–W. H. Auden

This work was co-commissioned by Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wigmore Hall, Stanford Live at Stanford University, and Carnegie Hall.


Dichterliebe, Robert Schumann