Songs for New Life and Love - Hughes, Middleton

Songs for New Life and Love - Hughes, Middleton

BIS  BIS-2468

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder
Ives: The Housatonic at Stockbridge, Mists, Serenity, The Children's Hour, Songs my Mother taught me
Grime: Bright Travelers
Traditional: Suo Gân - Welsh lullaby (arr. Huw Watkins)

Ruby Hughes (soprano)
Joseph Middleton (piano)

After appearing on a quartet of very different BIS releases, ranging from early baroque arias to orchestral songs by Alban Berg and Mahler's 'Resurrection Symphony', the British soprano Ruby Hughes has devised a song recital, together with her regular Lieder partner Joseph Middleton. The process began in 2018 when the two gave the world premiere of Helen Grime's Bright Travelers, a set of five poems charting the interior and exterior worlds of pregnancy and motherhood. Ruby Hughes soon set about planning a program which would converge with Grime's music and the themes of new life and of love in all its aspects.

The recital is bookended by two song cycles by Gustav Mahler which explore love, grief, loss and reconciliation through quite different lenses. In the opening cycle we experience Mahler as solitary wayfarer and hear of unrequited love. In Kindertotenlieder, the second cycle, the poet Friedrich Rückert pours out his pain as a grieving father in songs about the beauty and innocence of children. Completing the program is Charles Ives - described by Ruby Hughes as Mahler's 'musical kindred spirit' - with a selection of love songs, prayers and lullabies.

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