Thomas Oliemans (photo Marco Borggreve)

An alliance between Brahms and Schumann

Thomas Oliemans + Malcolm Martineau
Tue 2 Jul 2024 20:15 - 22:05
Tue 2 Jul 2024
20:15 - 22:05
  • Tue 2 Jul 2024
    20:15 - 22:05
    Interval 21:05
    Grote Zaal

Program

19:30 / Grote Zaal / Support / Hanqing Zhou (bass-baritone) en Julia Buizer-Madzhar (piano)
Piotr Tchaikovsky Don Juan's Serenade
Sergei Rachmaninov O, dolgo budu ja, v molchan'i nochi tajnoj (In the Silence of the Secret Night)
Vincenzo Bellini Il fervido desiderio
Jiping Zhao 幽兰操 (the integrity of orchid)
Jules Massenet Riez, allez, riez du pauvre idéologue  
Robert Schumann Stille Tränen 

20:15 / Grote Zaal / Main programme
Johannes Brahms Die schöne Magelone
Robert Schumann Liederkreis op. 39

Credits

Thomas Oliemans baritone
Malcolm Martineau piano

Die schöne Magelone intertwined with Liederkreis

Versatile is the perfect word to describe Thomas Oliemans. As an opera singer, he has already made it to the Metropolitan Opera in New York. As a Lieder singer, he is equally skilled at singing French chansons and Schubert songs, accompanying himself on the piano. Once again, he has something special in store for us. Together with the renowned accompanist Malcolm Martineau, he performs Brahm’s Die schöne Magelone, intertwined with the song cycle Liederkreis by Schumann.


In 1861, Johannes Brahms composed Die schöne Magelone, a song cycle based on poems by Ludwig Tieck. The melodrama, originally with spoken word, is the story of knight Peter who falls in love with the beautiful Magelone and has many adventures before the two are finally reunited. The fifteen songs have a similar atmosphere. By alternating with the twelve songs from Schumann’s Liederkreis, which provide a kind of commentary, Brahms’ song cycle takes on new meaning.