Bernarda Fink will perform with the Nash Ensemble, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, on Saturday 15 October at the Wigmore Hall. The celebrated Argentinian mezzo-soprano will perform Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in an arrangement for voice and ensemble by Reinbert de Leeuw and the rarely-performed Two Maeterlink Songs from the Op.13 cycle by Zemlinsky, arranged for voice and ensemble by Erwin Stein. Completing the programme, the Nash Ensemble performs Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor K478 and the profound Adagio from Bruckner’s String Quintet in F minor. The Nash Ensemble is Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Wigmore Hall
The concert is part of the Nash Ensemble’s Echoes of Romanticism series at the Wigmore Hall in 2011/12. The Romantic period in German and Austrian music is usually defined as the later nineteenth century. But the formal freedom of Romanticism, its love of nature, its indebtedness to literature, and above all its emphasis on intense self-expression, are prefigured in the Viennese classical period; and echoes of Romanticism resound throughout the first half of the twentieth century. Echoes of Romanticism traces the Romantic spirit from Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert by way of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms to Schoenberg, Richard Strauss and Mahler. The series runs until March 2012.