Birdsong: Songs by Brahms, Schumann & Beamish

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Birdsong: Songs by Brahms, Schumann & Beamish

Roderick Williams (baritone), Andrew West (piano)

£8.95

The catalyst for this latest song recital from baritone Roderick Williams was a flat refusal. ‘Many years ago’ one of his song choices for a Lieder competition was refused on the grounds that it was ‘a woman’s song’. Despite being made to feel ‘foolish and ignorant’ at the time, Williams later started to question why so much of the song repertoire is considered gender-specific: many of the most celebrated cycles by Schubert, Schumann, Vaughan Williams and others are considered ‘men’s songs’ (Winterreise, Die schone Müllerin, Songs of Travel...)... read more

The catalyst for this latest song recital from baritone Roderick Williams was a flat refusal. ‘Many years ago’ one of his song choices for a Lieder competition was refused on the grounds that it was ‘... read more

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