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Brad Mehldau & Ian Bostridge
The Folly of Desire

Brad Mehldau & Ian Bostridge

Oct 15, 2019
Miner Auditorium
TueOct 15
7:30 PM

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The Folly of Desire was co-commissioned by Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wigmore Hall, Stanford Live at Stanford University, and Carnegie Hall.

This unique program unites two of the most creative and widely admired performers in contemporary music, as jazz piano giant Brad Mehldau performs a newly composed song cycle in duet with opera tenor Ian Bostridge. Described as “the most influential jazz pianist” to emerge since the early ‘90s (The New York Times), Mehldau is famously omnivorous in his tastes, interpreting compositions by Johannes Brahms, Nirvana, Miles Davis, the Beach Boys and Cole Porter. Lauded for the “quavering passion” and “scholarly elegance” of his performances (The New Yorker), Bostridge holds similarly broad-ranging impulses; over the course of a near 30-year career, he has interpreted works ranging from Monteverdi to Wagner and Noël Coward.

In 2015, he and Mehldau — each on tour in Germany — saw one another perform and struck up a friendship, discussing their shared love of Bach, art song, and jazz. After composing a few pieces with Bostridge in mind, Mehldau went on to create an entire song cycle for his friend. Titled The Folly of Desire, it explores the nature of love and human desire through texts by Blake, Yeats, Shakespeare, Brecht, Goethe, Auden and E.E. Cummings. In the second half of the program, they will interpret composer Robert Schumann’s iconic song cycle Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), which sets texts by Heinrich Heine.

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The Folly of Desire, explores the nature of love and human desire through texts by Blake, Yeats, Shakespeare, Brecht, Goethe, Auden and E.E. Cummings.

Mehldau achieves an almost spiritual resonance, chords echoing like amens.

TIME on Brad Mehldau

Mehldau achieves an almost spiritual resonance, chords echoing like amens.

TIME on Brad Mehldau

Personnel

Brad Mehldau piano
Ian Bostridge vocals

Strikingly compelling.

The Washington Post on Ian Bostridge

Personnel

Brad Mehldau piano
Ian Bostridge vocals

Strikingly compelling.

The Washington Post on Ian Bostridge

Program Repertoire

THE FOLLY OF DESIRE – BRAD MEHLDAU
This work was co-commissioned by Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wigmore Hall, Stanford Live at Stanford University, and Carnegie Hall.

The Sick Rose – William Blake
Leda and the Swan – William Butler Yeats
Sonnet 147 – William Shakespeare
Sonnet 75 – William Shakespeare
Über die Verführung von Engeln – Bertold Brecht
Ganymede – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ganymede – W.H. Auden
the boys i mean are not refined – e.e. cummings
Excerpt from Sailing to Byzantium – William Butler Yeats
Night II, from “The Four Zoas” (The Wail of Enion) – William Blake

- Intermission -

DICHTERLIEBE – ROBERT SCHUMANN

Dein Angesicht (op. 127, 2)
Lehn‘ deine Wang‘ (op. 142, 2)
Es leuchtet meine Liebe (op. 127, 3)
Mein Wagen rollet langsam (op. 142, 4)
Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
Aus meinen Tränen sprießen
Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
Wenn ich in deine Augen seh‘
Ich will meine Seele tauchen
Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
Ich grolle nicht
Und wüssten‘s die Blumen
Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
Hör‘ ich das Liedchen klingen
Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
Ich hab‘ im Traum geweinet
Allnächtlich im Traume
Aus alten Märchen winkt es
Die alten bösen Lieder

Watch & Listen

Brad Mehldau

Fugue No. 16 in G Minor from 'The Well Tempered Clavier' (J.S. Bach)

Ian Bostridge

Die Forelle, D.550, Op. 32 (Schubert)

Brad Mehldau

Fugue No. 16 in G Minor from 'The Well Tempered Clavier' (J.S. Bach)

Ian Bostridge

Die Forelle, D.550, Op. 32 (Schubert)