Accompanied by Malcolm Martineau—one of the world’s leading collaborative pianists and favorite among Schubert Club audiences—soprano Miah Persson and baritone Florian Boesch each make their debut in the the Schubert Club’s International Artist Series. As a member of the Royal Swedish Opera, soprano Miah Persson has wowed audiences with “spine-tingling moments of vocal splendour” (Edinburgh Spotlight), while the effusive and natural brightness of her voice beguiles listeners with a “sense of gentle repose . . . mixing charm, depth and romantic ardour” (The Sunday Times). Similarly, Austrian baritone Florian Boesch “doesn’t just sing this music, he inhabits it to the hilt” (The Independent), delivering “a lived experience, with flashes of transcendence” (The New York Times). Helping to shape this special performance, pianist Malcolm Martineau, brings extraordinary chemistry and freshness to every piece of music he plays. Don’t miss this unique, one-of-a-kind performance by three international masters.
Internationally renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson has worked all over the world as both recitalist and concert artist as well as on the operatic stage. Early career highlights include her concert debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez, her opera debut in Salzburg in 2004 as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier under Semyon Bychkov, Sifare in Mitridate under Marc Minkowski in Salzburg, her celebrated debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Glyndebourne Festival, and her acclaimed debut at San Francisco Opera as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, a role she also went on to sing for her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009.Continue Reading
In concert Miah has appeared with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, the Accademia Santa Cecilia, Simon Bolivar Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel in Salzburg and for the Proms in London (televised and broadcast by the BBC), Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a tour of South America with Budapest Festival Orchestra singing Mahler 4 and Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Mozart and Gluck arias with Hamburger Symphoniker, Mozart Concert Arias at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mahler 2 with the New York Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Bach’s B Minor Mass at La Fenice, Mahler 2 and Mahler 4 and Mozart Arias with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Peer Gynt at the Grafenegg Festival and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Schubertiade, and at the Tonhalle Zurich.
Miah Persson’s recordings include Händel’s Rinaldo (as Almirena) under René Jacobs (Hmc), Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Ivor Bolton (Oehmsclassics), Bach: Magnificat with the Collegium Japan Orchestra (BIS), and John Fernström’s Songs of the sea with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (BIS). Miah Persson can be heard as duet partner of Bryn Terfel in his in September 2006 released CD Tutto Mozart! Bryn Terfel sings concert and opera arias (Deutsche Grammophon). In November 2006 Mozart’s: Mitridate, Re di Ponto (Deutsche Grammophon) was released as a complete edition on DVD, produced by Salzburger Festspiele, with Musicens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski conducting. In March 2007 Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte the Glyndebourne Festival’s Nicholas Hytner production with Iván Fischer conducting, was released (Naxos). In January 2008 the Gesamtaufnahme of Haydn’s Schöpfung (in English) with the Gabrieli Consort & Players of London under Paul MCCreesh was released at Archiv Pro (Universal). In March 2008 the DVD of David McVicar’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Antonio Pappano with Miah Persson as Susanna was published by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Miah is also featured on the Opus Arte release of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea recorded live at Liceu Barcelona in 2009.
Miah’s solo records include Soul & Landscape with Roger Vignoles (Hyperion), Mozart: Un moto di gioia: Opera and Concert Arias (BIS) with Sebastian Weigle conducting the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Portraits – songs by Clara and Robert Schumann (BIS) with pianist Joseph Breinl.
Miah Persson is represented exclusively by Askonas Holt Ltd.
Austrian baritone Florian Boesch is counted as one of today’s foremost Lieder interpreters with appearances at Wigmore Hall, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Cologne, Edinburgh and Schwetzingen Festival, Philharmonie Luxemburg as well as throughout the USA (Carnegie Hall) and Canada.
Operatic engagements have taken him to the Salzburg Festival (Così Fan Tutte, Theater an der Wien (world première of a staged version of Messiah, Radamisto, Lazarus), Staatsoper Hamburg, Handel Festspiele Halle, Bregenzer Festspiele, Tokyo, Los Angeles and the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow (Die Zauberflöte). In 2011 he successfully debuted as Wozzeck at the Opera Cologne. In January 2016 he will appear as Jonathan Peachum in Kurt Weill’s The Three Penny Opera at the Theater an der Wien.
His recording of Lieder and ballads by Carl Loewe, with Roger Vignoles on Hyperion, recently received the prestigious Edison Klassiek Award. Florian Boesch’s latest CDs, Schubert’s Der Wanderer (hyperion, R. Vignoles) and the complete Schubert cycle with Winterrreise, Die Schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang (Onyx, M. Martineau) have been highly acclaimed. Die Schöne Müllerin was nominated for the Grammy 2015 in the category Best Classical Vocal solo.
Florian Boesch received his initial vocal trainings from KS Ruthilde Boesch and later studied Lied and oratorio with KS Robert Holl in Vienna.
Malcolm Martineau was born in Edinburgh, read Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and studied at the Royal College of Music.Continue Reading
He has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall (a Britten and a Poulenc series and Decade by Decade – 100 years of German Song broadcast by the BBC) and at the Edinburgh Festival (the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf). He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including in New York both Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and at the Aix en Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich and Salzburg Festivals.
Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI); recital recordings with Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney (for Decca), Magdalena Kozena (for DG), Della Jones (for Chandos), Susan Bullock (for Crear Classics), Solveig Kringelborn (for NMA); Amanda Roocroft (for Onyx); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon; the complete Poulenc songs for Signum; and Britten Song Cycles as well as Schubert’s Winterreise with Florian Boesch for Onyx.
He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009. Malcolm was the Artistic Director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder+ Festival.
Date & Venue
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:30am
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30pm
Ordway Concert Hall
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Concert is estimated to be approximately 2 hours with one intermission.
In an opening Schubert set, Persson, for all the natural brightness of her voice, achieves the right aching heaviness in Lied der Mignon, and a beguiling sense of gentle repose in Du Bist die Ruh. She then turns to Grieg's six Op. 48 songs, mixing charm, depth and romantic ardour. A final Sibelius group, written to texts in Persson's native Swedish, consolidates all that has gone before.The Sunday Times
This is a great disc from a wonderful singer, but is the greater for the exquisitely-sensitive pianism of Malcolm Martineau, whose dynamic shading and heart-stopping timing lie at the core of these magical performances and re-define the words 'accompaniment' and 'collaboration.'Herald Scotland