Tonight, pianist James Baillieu joins forces with soprano Lise Davidsen for a duo recital at Grieghallen, Norway. The programme boasts a wide spectrum of song cycles and poems set to music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Davidsen and Baillieu perform great verse by Goethe set exquisitely to music by Schumann, Otto Benzon’s poetry in Grieg’s musical garb, the national treasures of Sibelius and the Seven Early Songs of Alban Berg. More information and tickets are available here.
Described by The Daily Telegraph as “in a class of his own”, Baillieu is one of the leading song and chamber music pianists of his generation. Recent and forthcoming highlights of the current season in Europe include a tour of an all-Hahn program with Veronique Gens, performances in the United Kingdom and Spain with violist Timothy Ridout, and a fully-produced staged presentation of Winterreise with Benjamin Appl at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. North American appearances include a recital with violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen in a program of C.P.E. Bach presented by San Francisco Performances, tour dates with baritone Benjamin Appl in Detroit, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, and Vancouver, and recitals with tenor Allan Clayton at the Park Avenue Armory, New York.
Photo credit: David Ruano