Ian Bostridge, tenor - Julius Drake, pianist
Thursday September 22, 2005, 7:30 pm

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Ian Bostridge sings with an intelligence, timbre and meticulous sensitivity to text that distinguish him among contemporary recitalists. His performance, even of standard repertoire, always shows the observer something new. In addition to stage appearances in opera, he has performed stagings of some major song cycles, Winterreise and Diary of One Who Disappeared, for example. These performances were also recorded. To the connoisseur, his interpretations are challenging and enlightening, to the novice gripping.

He was a post-doctoral fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a full-time career as a singer. In the 1990s, he established a vast international reputation in recital, recording, concert and opera with performances of Britten, Schubert, Janácek, Mozart, Schumann, and Henze in appearances in Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Vienna, New York and at the Schubertiades, among many other venues. He is one of the most-recorded of today’s classical singers. He was created a Commander of the British Empire in 2004.


London born pianist Julius Drake works with the world’s leading vocal and instrumental artists, both in recital throughout Europe and America, and on disc.

In recent seasons concerts have taken him to the Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, Salzburg, and Tanglewood Festivals; to the Lincoln Centre, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna; the Chatelet, Paris; the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms in London; and tours to Australia, Korea and Japan.

Director of the Perth International Chamber Music Festival in Australia from 2000 – 2003, Julius Drake was also musical director in Deborah Warner’s staging of Janacek’s Diary of One who Vanished, touring to New York, London, Dublin, Amsterdam and Munich.

Among the many outstanding vocal artists he has partnered are Victoria de los Angeles, Sir Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote, Hugues Cuenod, Gerald Finley, Matthias Goerne, Dame Felicity Lott, Wolfgang Holzmair, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirschschlager, Edith Mathis, Thomas Quasthoff, Joan Rodgers, Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, and Willard White. Instrumental collaborators at various international chamber music festivals have included Christian Altenburger, Annette Bartholdi, Natalie Clein, Robert Cohen, Michael Collins, Brett Dean, Chen Halevi, Steven Isserlis, Ernst Kovacic, Henning Kraggerud, Priya Mitchell, Christian Poltera and Richard Watkins while his duo with Nicholas Daniel has been described in The Independent newspaper as “one of the most satisfying in British chamber music: vital, thoughtful and confirmed in musical integrity of the highest order.”

Recordings include French song with Cuenod (Chandos), French Sonatas with Daniel (Virgin), Britten Song with Lee Ragin (Etcetera), Haydn Canzonettas with Genz (Edel), Schumann Lieder with Daneman (EMI), Clarinet and Piano works with Johnson (ASV), Gurney songs with Agnew (Hyperion), Sibelius songs with Karneus (Hyperion), Shostakovich sonatas with Bartholdy (Naxos), Haydn, Schumann and Mahler with Coote (EMI) and Barber with Finley. His award winning recordings with Bostridge on EMI (including both the Gramophone and Edison Awards) include Schumann Lieder, two volumes of Schubert Lieder, Henze’s Songs from the Arabian, Britten Canticles (also with Daniels and Maltman) and The English Songbook.

Forthcoming discs include French song with Dawson (Edel), Sibelius Songs vol 11 with Karneus (Hyperion), Songs of Charles Ives with Finley (Hyperion) and Fauré, Poulenc and Debussy with Bostridge and the Belcea Quartet (EMI).

Concert commitments include piano quintet concerts with the Belcea, Maggini and Szymanowski String Quartets; concerts in the Mondsee, Osnabrück, Oxford and Kuhmo chamber music festivals; recitals in London, Lucerne, Madrid, Munich, Rome, Turin and Vienna with Ian Bostridge; in Amsterdam with Thomas Quasthoff; in Basle with Katarina Karneus; in New York with Simon Keenlyside; and at the Wigmore Hall, London with Alice Coote, Joyce Didonato, Gerald Finley, Christianne Oelze, Mark Padmore and Camilla Tilling.






Franz Schubert


Im Frühling (Schulze) D882
Uber Wildemann (Schulze) D884
Der liebliche Stern (Schulze) D861
Tiefes Leid (Schulze) D876
Auf der Brücke (Schulze) D853

Aus “Heliopolis” l (Mayrhofer) D753
Aus “Heliopolis” ll (Mayrhofer) D754
Abendbilder (Silbert) D650
Ins stille Land (Salis-Seewis) D403 (verse 1 only)
Totengräbers Heimweh (Craigher) D842

Auf der Riesenkoppe (Körner) D611
Sei mir gegrüsst (Rückert) D741
Daß sie hier gewesen (Rückert) D775

Die Forelle (Schubart) D550
Des Fischers Liebesglück (Von Leitner) D933 (verses 1, 2 and 4)
Fischerweise (von Schlechta) D881
Atys (Mayrhofer) D585
Nachtviolen (Mayrhofer) D752
Geheimnis (Mayrhofer) D491

Im Walde (Waldesnacht) (Schlegel) D708




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