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University of Leeds: Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall
|Outstanding new songs from Leeds Lieder+|
|The first piece at this afternoon concert, in the beautifully restored Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall in the School of Music at Leeds University, dated from 2004: the song-cycle In Praise of Dreams, four poems by the Nobel prize-winning Wisława Szymborska translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, composed by Birmingham-based Joe Cutler. Soprano Sarah Leonard, who was responsible for the original commission, sang with Stephen Gutman on piano. Both are leading exponents of contemporary music. It was a refreshing, in places startling, beginning.
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