7th September 2015, 7pm
Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk Street Ec2 Barbican, EC2Y 9BH London
We are very inspired by this music and we are sure it will move you with beauty, sorrow, serenity and laughter. Anna and Lada
We would like to invite you to a concert of rarely, some of it never, performed in the UK before, Eastern Earopean music. Ukrainian mezzo soprano Anna Starushkevych and a renowned pianist Lada Valesova have prepared a very special programme, influenced by Ukrainian and Jewish, Gypsy, Spanish, Chinese cultures. The songs will be sung in Ukrainian, Czech and Russian. Translation into English will be prepared for our audience to help everyone follow some truly beautiful poetry.
You will hear music by Ukrainian composers – Nyzhankivsky, Lysenko, Filtz and Shamo, as well as Dvorzak, Haas and Shostakovich.
1. Nyzhankivsky. You, my beloved, are on the other side of a mountain…
2. Lysenko. Why does my heart feels so heavy, why is this grief?
3. Kos-Anatolskiy. As I was looking after our little ducks…
4. Filtz. To my little Mar’yana
5. Shamo. Oi, hop-hopak
Czech and Russian Music
1. Pavel Haas Chinese Songs, Op. 4 (1921 )
* On the river Jo-Yeh
* Spring Rain
2. Antonín Dvořák. Gypsy Melodies, Op.55
* My song sounds of love
* Ah! Why is my threecornered bell ringing?
* The forest is quiet all around
* When my old mother taught me to sing
* The string is taut – a young man turns, spins, twirls
* Wide sleeves and wide trousers
* Given a cage to live in, made of pure gold
3. Shostakovich. 3 songs from the song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry, op.79
* Song of misery
4. Shostakovich. 2 songs from the song cycle “Spanish songs”, op 100.
* Farewell, Grenada
* Little stars