Postcards From Vienna: Brahms

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The programme

Postcards From Vienna is like going to four private recitals in four days, all with your very own expert guide, and then coming together to talk about it on the fifth day.

We steer clear of music terminology and focus on what matters: listening and watching closely, enjoying the music and seeing brilliant artists perform.

The musical programme is:

1. Johannes Brahms. Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1

2. Gustav Mahler. Um Mitternacht (At Midnight) from Rückert-Lieder

3. Joseph Haydn. Piano sonata in E flat No. 59, 1st movement

4. Arnold Schoenberg. Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19

Each episode starts with a mini-documentary presented by British conductor Jonathan Berman, who is known for his jargon-free and cross-artform approach to sharing complex ideas with all audiences. He draws on examples in visual art and sculpture and points out musical details you might not have noticed before. Together, you'll discover nuances that bring the music to life. If you don't have any artistic or musical training, don't worry! It's not needed.

To close, you'll be treated to a recital of the music, up close and in high quality film and sound. The performers are American pianist George Fu and Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean.

This series was filmed at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London in July 2020.

About the artists

Jonathan Berman

Jonathan Berman

Jonathan Berman is a Conductor who performs with orchestras all over the world. He is known for his unique approach to communicating complex ideas with all audiences. He goes above and beyond the traditional role of a conductor, forming the trust of audiences from traditional listeners to the next generation. He is currently in the process of recording the complete symphonies and promoting the music of Franz Schmidt. ​At the start of lockdown, he began the website in order to promote artists who have had cancellations.
Lotte Betts-Dean

Lotte Betts-Dean

Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is a versatile and dynamic concert artist, whose performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations. She has been based in London since 2014 and works internationally, most often in the UK and Australia. Lotte is Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia, and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019, recently won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and was selected as a 2020 Samling Young Artist. Lotte is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev with whom she won the inaugural 2018 New Elizabethan Award. Lotte is one 2018 bursars with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust and in 2019 became a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
George Fu

George Fu

Described by the Boston Music Intelligencer as a “heroic piano soloist” with “stunning virtuosity”, Chinese-American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu is establishing a reputation as a captivating performer with distinctive intelligence and sensitivity.

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