Brad Mehldau and Ian Bostridge

October 20, 2019, 7:30 PM
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music

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After meeting in Germany in 2015, the American jazz pianist and composer Brad Mehldau and universally admired British tenor Ian Bostridge quickly professed their admiration for each other’s work and discovered a shared love of Bach, jazz, and lieder (typical nineteenth century German songs). As their friendship grew, so did the idea of a song cycle centered on investigating the themes of the modern sinuous nature of human desire as it exists in love and adoration. As a result, Mehldau began composing a set of music with lyrics drawn from the poetry of Blake, Yeats, Shakespeare, Goethe, and others. In 2019, Bostridge and Mehldau premiered this new song cycle, The Folly of Desire, fittingly paired in a program with Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe (The Poet’s Love). 

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