CCM welcomes acclaimed guest artists Gerald Finley, baritone, and Julius Drake, piano, for a performance of Franz Schubert‘s celebrated song cycle Winterreise at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Corbett Auditorium.
One of Schubert’s greatest masterpieces, Winterreise (or Winter Journey) is a cycle of 24 songs for voice and piano, adapted from poems by Wilhelm Müller. These songs depict a journey in which a lovelorn wayfarer goes on a quest through the wintry landscape of his own soul. “Something not very nice has happened to him,” Drake explains. “The girl has left him who he’s in love with, and he has to cope with it just like we all have to cope with trials in life.”
Hyperion Records will release a highly anticipated recording of Finley and Drake’s Winterreise next month, but Cincinnati audiences can experience this mesmerizing journey for themselves on Feb. 5. “For people to have a chance to experience these amazingly beautiful, iconic and fundamental works of western culture is a rare opportunity,” suggests Finley. Tickets are on sale now.
About Gerald Finley
Internationally acclaimed, Grammy and Juno-award-winning Canadian baritone Gerald Finley began singing as a chorister in Ottawa before completing his musical studies in the UK at the Royal College of Music, King’s College, Cambridge and the National Opera Studio.
After his initial appearances at Glyndebourne in the Mozart baritone repertoire, he now appears in a variety of leading roles at the world’s opera houses. His Don Giovanni has been seen in Salzburg, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Rome, New York, Paris, Tel Aviv and London. He has created the lead roles in a number of major premières, including the role of Howard K. Stern in Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, J. Robert Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic at the Metropolitan Opera, Harry Heegan in The Silver Tassie at English National Opera, the title role inFantastic Mr. Fox and Jaufre Rudel in L’amour de loin. His expanding dramatic repertoire include recent outstanding successes as Hans Sachs in Meistersinger at Glyndebourne and Iago in Otello with the LSO. In 2012, he was honored by Opera Canada with a Ruby Award.
Finley performs with all the major orchestras of the world, in oratorio and symphonic repertoire, notably the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, London Symphony, the Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonic. His album Arias in English with the London Philharmonic won the 2011 Juno Award.
Through Hyperion Records, his releases include a Gramophone Magazine Award-winning album of Schumann’s Dichterliebe and two further Gramophone Awards for Songs by Samuel Barber and Britten’s Songs and Proverbs, all with Julius Drake. He was nominated as Gramophone’s Artist of the Year in 2006 and 2009.
Features of this season include concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the Marriage of Figaro at the Met, Don Giovanni in Munich and Cosi fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival. He adds to his Wagner roles at Covent Garden as Amfortas in Parsifal. His recording projects with Julius Drake include Winterreise and a CD of Liszt songs with Hyperion. He is a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and gives masterclasses whenever his performing schedule allows.
About Julius Drake
The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and specializes in the field of chamber music, working with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc.
He appears at all the major music centres: in recent seasons concerts have taken him to the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade and Salzburg Music Festivals; to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Philarmonie, Cologne; Châtelet and Musée de Louvre, Paris; La Scala, Milan, and Liceu, Barcelona; Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna; and Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms, London.
Julius Drake’s many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, for which the Barber Songs, Schumann Heine Lieder and Britten Songs and Proverbs have won the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Gramophone Awards; award-winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; and several recitals for the Wigmore Live label, with Lorraine Hunt Liebersen, Matthew Polenzani, Joyce Didonato and Alice Coote, among others.
Julius Drake has now embarked on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion. The second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2012.
Highlights in his present schedule include a tour of the USA and Canada with Gerald Finley; a series of four Schumann concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; a tour of Japan with Ian Bostridge and Angelika Kirchschlager; recordings with Sarah Connolly and Katarina Karneus; instrumental chamber music at the festivals of Delft, West Cork and Oxford; recitals in his own series at the historic Middle Temple Hall, London; and, to mark 30 years performing at London’s Wigmore Hall, a major series there entitled Julius Drake: Perspectives.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets to this Guest Artist performance are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/winterreise.
Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Community Partner: ArtsWave
Supported by the Thomas W. Busse Trust