London, October 1, 2014
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‘The whole new way of experiencing music ... perfectly created atmosphere.’
‘It was an utterly amazing experience! I enjoyed every moment of the concert.’
‘We enjoyed the concert enormously, both the performances and the very informative talks.
It was a most stimulating evening.’
‘I listened to beautiful music and I learned - what more could you ask from an evening?
Really, it was very special.’
‘Congratulations on the great success of last night’s debut of the Aspect Foundation in NY. Lovely venue, terrific crowd, and lots of wonderful energy.’
‘What a beautiful evening it was! Thank you very much! I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event like this.’
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Chopin Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
Alma Mahler ‘Laue Sommernacht’ from Fünf Lieder; ‘Der Erkennende’ and ‘Lobgesang’ from Fünf Gesänge
Zemlinsky ‘Irmelin Rose’ from Irmelin Rose und andere Gesänge, Op. 7
Gustav Mahler ‘Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht’ and ‘Ging heut’ morgen über’s Feld’ from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Zemlinsky Three Pieces for cello and piano (1891)
Korngold Piano Trio in D major, Op. 1
Olivia Ray mezzo-soprano
Ania Safonova violin
Oleg Kogan cello
Ronan O’Hora piano
Illustrated talk by Patrick Bade
It was the litany of lovers and husbands in what he described as ‘the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary that it has ever been my pleasure to read’ that inspired Tom Lehrer’s famous song about Alma Mahler:
‘Her lovers were many and varied,
From the day she began her beguine.
There were three famous ones whom she married
And God knows how many between.’
Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel was not one of those celebrated beauties who retained her allure into old age. Colour film footage of her from the 1950s in conversation with her daughter Anna presents a raddled and formidable matron. And how did all those sensitive artists endure that grating voice? In photographs taken of her in her prime, we can admire her flawless profile and magnificent bosom. Were these features enough to fascinate a small army of gifted men? In an evening of chamber music and songs (some by the lady herself) we shall explore the enigma of Alma Mahler and the impact she had on the culture and music of her time.
ASPECT FOUNDATION FOR MUSIC AND ARTS is a non-profit organization registered in New York under registration number 45-51-25