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Ledenconcert – Helena Rasker

Ledenconcert – Helena Rasker

Ledenconcert – Helena Rasker

Fri, 20 March 2015 | 20:30 hour


Fri, 20 March 2015 | 20:30 hour

Door tickets: € 16.00
Presale: € 16.00
Students (upon presentation of college ID): € 5.00
CJP: € 13.00

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An ode to that rare voice: the contralto

Alto Helena Rasker and pianist Simon Lepper formed a recital-program that celebrates the rare female voice, the contralto. They studied the repertoire and concertprograms of three illustrious predecessors Kathleen Ferrier, Clara Butt and Aafje Heijnis. The recital presented hereby contains several references to these extraordinary singers.

The shape of the recital was inspired by Kathleen Ferrier. She would start a recital with several aria’s, followed by one or two songcycles and end with a selection of english songs. Aafje Heijnis too used to sing english folksongs which even won her the prestigious Harriet Cohen medal for “outstanding artistry”. Elgar wrote Clara Butt his Sea Pictures, some of which will be programmed too.

The repertoire of these singers already overlaps that of alto Helena Rasker for the large part, but Rasker and Lepper (winner of the Gerald Moore Award and the pianist prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2002) wanted to complement the program in a contemporary manner with a new commission, written especially for alto and piano. A way of expanding the repertoire that is very important to Helena Rasker, who already initiated the new work Troparion by Robert Zuidam, for alto and small ensemble with a solopart for violinist Liza Ferschtman, which was premiered at the Holland Festival 2013 in a regie by Pierre Audi.


                Händel                Where'er you walk 
                Gluck                  Che farò senza Euridice 
                Händel                Priva son d'ogni conforto 
                Purcell                 Mad Bess     

                Schumann           Frauenliebe und Leben
                                            Seit ich ihn gesehen
                                            Er, der herrlichste von allen                          
                                            Ich kann's nicht fassen
                                            Du Ring an meinem Finger
                                            Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
                                            Süßer Freund, du blickest
                                            An meinem Herzen
                                            Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan 

                                             – interval  –

                 Samy Moussa          Frammenti dolorosi et amorosi

                 Vaughan Williams   Silent Noon
                 Frank Bridge           Go not happy day 
                 Elgar                        Where corals lie  (Sea Pictures)   
                 Stanford                   A soft day
                 British Folk Song    Go to sleep now

Foto: Merlijn Doomernik

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