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Fillu

Fillu is a dramatisation by Eleanor Burke formed out of the songs of Schubert, Brahms, Wolf and Robert and Clara Schumann based around the lives of Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck’s daughter, Eugenie Schumann and her romantic and musical partner, the renowned soprano Marie Fillunger or ‘Fillu’.

 

Both of these women led extraordinary lives in Germany and England in the late 19th century but their history has been sadly overlooked. When Eugenie wrote her memoir, her life-long love was barely mentioned as it had to remain secret.

 

This piece serves as the memoir that they themselves could never write. Read a full programme and learn more about the piece and the artists involved here.

Gesualdo

The Italian nobleman and composer, Carlo Gesualdo relives his tragic past in the world-premiere of Karolina Csáthy’s piece: an original monologue interwoven with his music and poetry.

 

Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613) is known for writing intensely expressive madrigals and pieces of sacred music that use a chromatic language not heard again until the late 19th century.A contemporary account describes him as depressed whenever he was doing anything not related to music and he lived most of his life in isolation, resorting to extreme measures to alleviate his mental suffering.

 

This interdisciplinary exploration of the Renaissance composer’s life probes the psychology of this dark and tortured artist. Adam Long takes the title role with music performed by the consort Accordare.

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