Ludlow Second Wednesday Concerts
Wednesday 10 November 2021
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Sarah Fox, soprano; Susie Allan, piano;
Oliver Cotton, narrator; Penny Downie, narrator
Richard Strauss: Songs for soprano and piano
This narrated recital, devised and written by Henrietta Bredin, explores the relationship between Richard Strauss and his wife, Pauline, an acclaimed soprano. Strauss wrote many of his greatest songs with her voice in mind and the fascinating and witty narrative is interspersed with a number of these.
The celebrated soprano Sarah Fox will sing the songs, accompanied by Susie Allan. The narrated parts of the Strausses will be performed by the well-known actors Oliver Cotton and Penny Downie.
“The strength of the piece as a whole lay in the way the narrative provided background to the songs bringing real emotional and dramatic links between music and the story of the Strauss's marriage … the best sort of entertainment, in which we were both diverted and informed, with all the performers helping to reveal the remarkable characters behind Richard Strauss's songs.” Planet Hugill