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Leeds Lieder Celebrity Recital: Toby Spence & Joseph Middleton

Toby Spence, tenor Joseph Middleton, piano Benjamin Britten: On this Island Francis Poulenc: Tel jour, telle nuit Benjamin Britten: O Waly, Waly; Sally in our Alley Gerald Finzi: Till Earth Outwears Benjamin Britten: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Fresh from his triumphant recent appearances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro Real, Salzburg Festival, and recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival, Toby Spence’s cleverly constructed recital explores the musical kinship between three of the finest twentieth century song composers. Joined by Royal Philharmonic Society Award Winner Joseph Middleton, Spence explores the songs of Poulenc, Britten and Finzi all of whom cut their teeth writing miniature forms before turning to larger scale works later in life. Poulenc’s greatest vocal work, a cycle in the line of Winterreise or Dichterliebe, stands alongside one of Britten’s most personal works, one which culminates in a song extolling the perfection and immortality of love.

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