Friday 24th April: Timothy Dickinson (Bass-baritone) and Anyssa Neumann: (Piano)

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Featuring works for bass-baritone and piano, this program draws on the vein of music and poetry inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s epochal character, Don Quixote.

At the center of this Don Quixote-inspired program are the two great song-cycles by Maurice Ravel and Jacques Ibert, both written for Georg Wilhelm Pabst’s 1933 film, starring the Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin. While Ibert’s songs were chosen over Ravel’s for inclusion in the film, both sets include guitar-like flourishes and Spanish-inflected rhythms, charting Quixote’s journey, his devotion to Dulcinea, his ecstatic visions, and his eventual death. Jules Massanet’s opera Don Quichotte, another vehicle for Chaliapin, also features, as does Marcel Delannoy’s Don Quichotte songs and selections from Manuel de Falla’s Don Quixote-based puppet opera, El retablo de maese Pedro.