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This autumn the Oxford Lieder Festival returns for two weeks of world-class recitals exploring the musical culture of Vienna during the peak of the romantic period. This years’ theme, ‘The Last of the Romantics: Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna’ takes its influences from Mahler and his contemporaries during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival, Sholto Kynoch curates the festival based on ‘the cultural melting pot that was Vienna’, as well as accompanying many of the recitals throughout the festival.

The first week of the festival sees mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons joining baritone Benedict Nelson and pianist Simon Lepper in two days of lecture-recitals surrounding the theme ‘Mahler: A Life in Song’ lead by Gavin Plumley. On the evening of 14th October, Sholto will be joined by Anna Stéphany, who returns to the festival to sing Mahler, Grieg and Brahms in the Holywell Music Room.

The festival runs from Friday 13th – Saturday 28th October, opening with an evening performance of Mahler’s ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’ and ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.


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