Britten’s work for solo guitar “Nocturnal” is rooted in Dowland’s wish; “Come, heavy sleep”. In this programme, Jesse Flowers and Julia Spies make the connection between these works deeply felt. Through Aribert Reimann’s settings for alto solo, Paul Celan’s poetry in “Eingedunkelt” washes up on “heartland, maybe”. The dreamlike impressionism of Verlaine and Debussy and the calm serenity of Schubert’s Goethe settings provide the programme with relief and glimmers of light.


John Dowland (1563(?)-1626)
Four Songs from: The First Booke of Songes and a Musicall Banquet

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Nocturnal after John Dowland for Guitar op. 70

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Five Mélodies

Aribert Reimann (*1936)
Eingedunkelt for alto solo (Paul Celan)

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Four Lieder, texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Duration of playing time: ca. 70 Min, plus break

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