Oxford Lieder Festival: Harawi – Song of Love and Death

25
/ Oct
Friday
2019

Oxford Lieder Festival: Harawi – Song of Love and Death

Venue
SJE Arts
Start Time
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Gweneth Ann Rand, soprano
Simon Lepper, pianist

Setting his own texts, in the spirit of Wagner and Debussy, Messiaen’s epic song cycle Harawi was inspired by Peruvian folklore and the indigenous Quechuan language. The first of his ‘Tristan Trilogy’ (with echoes of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde), the work explores love that can only be truly fulfilled in death. Gweneth Ann Rand is an acclaimed interpreter of Messiaen and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to present this astonishing cycle.