On Sunday 11 April at 8pm CET the Polish soprano, Aleksandra Kurzak, accompanied by piano and viola, sings her compatriot’s vocal compositions together with Chopin’s mazurkas transcribed by Pauline Viardot. Lieder by Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky complete the programme.
from Seventeen Polish Songs op 74
n 1 Życzenie
n 8 Śliczny Chłopiec
n 9 Melodya
n 16 Piosnka Litewska
Frauenliebe und -leben
Zwei Gesänge op 91
for voice, viola and piano
Fryderyk Chopin / Pauline Viardot
*Separation – Mazurka No 14 op 24 No 1
*La Beauté – Mazurka No 44 op 67 No 1
*Aime moi – Mazurka No 23 op 33 No 2
*Coquette – Mazurka No 5 op 7 No 1
* arrangement for voice, viola and piano
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