From New York’s Carnegie Hall to London’s Barbican, Barbara Kozelj has conquered all the world’s major concert halls in the last few years. The Slovenian mezzo-soprano rose quickly to stardom both in the opera world and as a lied singer. In 2017 she toured to critical acclaim with prominent pianist Julius Drake. ‘It was as if her voice opened up more the farther south it went,’ wrote Place de l’Opera. And that’s promising, since this new recital programme by Kozelj and Drake has Spain as its highlight.
In his Spanisches Liederbuch Hugo Wolf set 44 Spanish and Portuguese poems, most anonymous, and all of them full of passion. Barbara Kozelj has selected five of them as part of this fiery programme. The joys and sorrows of love, approaching farewell, and oblivion were ingredients that composers like Korngold and Berg could really work with. Joaquín Rodrigo also took texts from centuries ago as the basis for his Four Madrigals of Love. And even more hearts will be broken in songs by Granados, Turini and Guridi.