Concert Stream – Ian Bostridge, tenor

Ian Bostridge

April 16, 2021 | 7:00PM

$15 | Free for UChicago Students

This concert premieres at 7 pm CDT on Friday, April 16 and will be available until 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday, April 18.

Beethoven: Resignation, WoO. 149
Sehnsucht, WoO. 134
Ich liebe Dich, WoO. 123
An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
Liederkries, Op. 39
Aus Goethes Faust, Op. 75, No. 3

When people describe Beethoven the person, the composer's temper is often one of the first characteristics they point to. His anger and fiery personality are well documented, and it is easy to find  those characteristics in his music as well. The composer's songs, however, reveal a different side.

In a recital recorded in London's historic Wigmore Hall, fifteen-time GRAMMY-nominated tenor Ian Bostridge—who visits the University of Chicago (virtually) to deliver the 2021 Berlin Family Lectures—and poetic pianist Imogen Cooper reveal Beethoven the lover through some of the composer's most sentimental songs. The pair also share the concentrated surge of creativity unleashed by Robert Schumann when he was at last permitted to marry his love, Clara Wieck.

Presented with generous support from Lynne F. and Ralph A. Schatz.

Presented in partnership with the Humanities Division in conjunction with the 2021 Berlin Family Lectures.