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Angels and Heaven: Art Songs by Medtner, Rachmaninoff & Mahler (Student Concert)

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Recital Hall West
Wednesday 22 May 7:30pm
Free, online registration required

An avid song composer, Nikolai Medtner set a large collection of over 100 German and Russian poems to music, including the works of Goethe, Eichendorff, Pushkin, Tyutchev and Lermontov. Demanding to both pianists and singers, Medtner’s art songs are masterpieces for the duo that have rarely been performed. To showcase the composer’s musical intellect, instrumental prowess and heavenly melodies, this concert features his most creative and substantial works for piano and voice, in which their grandeur and symphonic nature are complemented by the lightly “orchestrated” songs of Rachmaninoff and Mahler.


Overture-Ballade, Remembrances and Prayers

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)
Piano Sonata in G minor, Op. 22
Tenebroso, sempre affrettando
Allegro assai
Allegro assai
– Ching Pong (Dono) Ng, piano 

The Muse, from 7 Pushkin Poems, Op. 29 No. 1 (with English translation by Edna Iles)

Selections from Reiselied, Op. 61
– Galatea Kneath, soprano
– Alexandra Boyling, cello
– Ching Pong (Dono) Ng, piano

Songs of the Angels

The Angel, Op. 1bis (Lermentov)
Sonata-vocalise in C major, Op. 41, No.1 (with Motto by Goethe)
– Galatea Kneath, soprano
– Ching Pong (Dono) Ng, piano

Earthly life and Heavenly Pleasure

Songs arranged by Ching Pong (Dono) Ng for chamber musicians of Sydney
Conservatorium and Cassandra Doyle, mezzo-soprano

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1973)
Lilacs, from 12 Romances, Op. 21, No. 5
Spring Waters, from 12 Romances, Op. 14, No. 11

Nikolai Medtner (1880 – 1951)
The Angel, Prologue from 8 Stimmungsbilder (Mood Pictures), Op.1, No. 1

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)
Finale from Symphony No. 4, “Das himmlische Leben” (Heavenly Life)

Ching Pong (Dono) Ng, piano
Galatea Kneath, soprano
Alexandra Boyling, cello
Cassandra Doyle, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Wang, violin
Benjamin Lam, violin
Justin Wang, clarinet
Rena Tang, cello

Running Time: approx. 60 minutes

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