|Date and venue||Title|
|Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau at the Wigmore Hall|
|Centered around the later, lesser-known composers of art song, tonight’s programme started with a first half of melancholy Hugo Wolf Lieder. Both Schubert and Schumann wrote settings of Goethe’s unhappy Harfenspieler, but evidently Wolf was unsatisfied, as, on principle, he avoided setting texts which he thought had been successfully treated before. Wolf of course has the advantage of post-Wagnerian harmony and the sumptuous opening sequence to “Harfenspieler I” was an example of this.|
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