Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem, which was written when the composer was only in his thirties, possibly as a response to the recent death of his mother. Brahms compiled the libretto himself from the German Bible of Martin Luther and the work offers in turn a terrifying view of judgment, triumphant shouts of affirmation of Resurrection hope, and other contrasting passages of deep consolation.
Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs are set to texts by George Herbert have been much loved by British audiences since their first performance at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival of 1911.
Marcus Farnsworth sings Gurney Sleep:
From November 7-13 he'll be performing Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Bergen National Opera. The all-star cast includes Tim Mead as Oberon, Laura Claycomb as Tatyana, Ben Johnson as Lysander, Gidon Saks as Bottom and will be choreographed by Matthew Bourne and directed by Robert Carsen. Tickets are available online.
Farnsworth won the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2011 and the Wigmore Hall Song Prize in 2009. Recent highlights include Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte, the English Clerk in Britten's Death in Venice, Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd for English National Opera, the title role in Britten's Owen Wingrave for the International Chamber Music Festival,in Nuremberg. Eddy in Mark-Anthony Turnage's Greek for Music Theatre Wales and Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Early Opera Company. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival and was recently been appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
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