Zenith

October Concert

Zenith

Michael Lampard (baritone)
Rhodri Clarke (piano)

Sunday 6 October 2013, 2pm Wyselaskie Auditorium

29 College Crescent, Parkville

Meet the Artists

Michael Lampard is emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting young operatic baritones. He has performed in opera, oratorio, recital and musical theatre in Australia, Europe, UK, USA and Asia. He has a Masters degree from UTas, an A.T.C.L. from Trinity Guildhall in London and an LMus from the AMEB. Michael is also an experienced composer and conductor. His teachers have included Suzanne Ortuso and eminent British baritones Konrad Jarnot and Stephen Varcoe.

Competition success includes twice being an award-winning finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, being a Quarter Finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia in Paris 2007, winning the DJ Motors Operatic Aria and reaching final rounds in competitions such as the Herald Sun Aria, the German Australia Opera Grant, and the Victorian National Liederfest.

He has worked with many leading companies including the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Rome Opera Festival, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, More Than Opera, Melbourne Opera, IHOS Opera and most of Tasmania’s orchestras, choirs and theatre companies. Of the almost 50 operas and oratorios in his repertoire, highlights include Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Die Zauberflöte, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s La Boheme, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem. Michael has recently returned from the UK where he presented a recital at Gloucester cathedral for the Ivor Gurney Society. In August 2012, Michael and Rhodri Clarke presented a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise for the Lieder Society of Victoria. Michael has recorded a CD of the songs of Tasmanian composer Matthew Dewey and is scheduled to record and premiere a new song cycle by Douglas Knehans in Cincinnati, USA.

The Welsh UK pianist Rhodri Clarke performs internationally as a vocal accompanist, instrumental accompanist and chamber musician. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music London where he studied piano with Andrew Ball and piano accompaniment and chamber music with Nigel Clayton and Roger Vignoles. Rhodri has performed extensively in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. He has been fortunate to perform with artists of high international standing, including bassbaritone Bryn Terfel at a massed choral concert at Carnegie Hall and tenor Rolando Villazon with whom he recently released the Deutsche Grammophon CD “Mexico”, focusing on new arrangements of Mexican folk songs. In December 2010 he toured Mexico and Europe as chamber musician and accompanist with Villazon and the Latin-American chamber ensemble Bolivar Soloists, including most notably a performance at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. He has performed in many of the major European concert halls, including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Theatre des Champs-Elysees, London Royal Festival Hall.

Rhodri has collaborated with Berlin Philharmonic double-bass player Edicson Ruiz for successful performances at the Lucerne International Festival, Musica Atlantico Portugal, several recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie and a recital tour of Venezuela in 2010. Their repertoire consisted of new music written specially for the duo and more tradition concerto and sonata solo repertoire.

Since arriving in Melbourne last year, Rhodri has been in great demand as an accompanist and repetiteur and has performed with Opera Studio Melbourne, the Australian Boys Choir, Exaudi Youth Choir and the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir as guest accompanist. As an official accompanist he has been engaged by the Australian Double Reed Convention, where he performed with the oboist Celia

Craig and in July was the representative official accompanist for Victoria, WA and ACT at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition in Queensland. Rhodri recently was a double prize winner at Victoria’s National Liederfest, at which he was awarded both Best Accompanist and Best Collaboration with the soprano Ashlyn Tymms for their performances of Korngold, Strauss and Grieg.

Program

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

INTERVAL

Earth and Air and Rain (Op. 15)Summer schemes / When I set out for Lyonnesse /

Waiting both / The phantom /

So I have fared / Rollicum-Rorum /

To Lizbie Browne / The clock of the years /

In a churchyard / Proud songsters

Franz Schubert(1797-1828) Impromptus D.899 (Op. 90)No. 2 in E-flat Major

No. 3 in G-flat Major

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Gesänge des Harfners D.478 (Op.12)Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt

Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß

An die Türen will ich schleichen

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) An die EntfernteErlkönig

Heidenröslein

Die Forelle

**After the concert you are invited to meet the artists over light refreshments.**

Program Notes

Gerald Finzi – Earth and Air and Rain

Gerald Finzi was born in 1901 in London and died in 1956. He is particularly regarded as a song composer, with a large output, including cycles on the poetry of Thomas Hardy with whom he had a particular affinity. Thomas Hardy’s Collected Poems would have been one of Gerald Finzi’s desert island choices. Not that he was ever himself marooned; but at the outbreak of the last war his friend the composer Robin Milford was isolated on Guernsey and, in discussing Hardy, Finzi wrote to him that ‘if I had to be cut off from everything that would be the one book I should choose’. Earth and Air and Rain, although published in 1936, was not performed until 1945.

‘Lyonnesse’ and ‘The Phantom’ both use a strong melody as a narrative device, but their form modified to reflect the changes in the mood. It is thought that both poems are about Hardy and his wife Emma: his first meeting with her, and then his sad return to his Lyonnesse after her death. ‘The Clock of the Years’, one of the most dramatic songs of the cycle, balances both of these songs with a dramatic narrative and recitative. The final song in the cycle brings acceptance of the ever-lasting cycle of the seasons.

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert was born in 1797 and died in 1828. Schubert’s lieder are regarded as some of the pinnacles of the song repertoire. One of Schubert’s master-works is his song cycle Winterreise, completed in the last year of the composer’s life. However, the Gesänge des Harfners, composed in 1822 already show the dramatic colours Schubert would use in his later work. There are many similarities between the Harfenspieler and Winterreise, the strongest being the plodding apparent in the final song of the Harfenspieler and the first song, ‘Gute nacht’ from Winterreise both set in the same tempo.

Of Schubert’s many lieder perhaps one holds a fascination with performers and audiences more than most, Erlkönig. The story of a sick child on horse-back with his father riding through the night, the child fearing the grasp of the seductive Erlkonig, the representation of death. Repeated triplets, representing the horse’s hooves, drive the demanding piano accompaniment.

Another feature of Schubert’s output is his beautiful piano music. The Impromptus were composed in 1827. Features of the ‘Impromptu No.3 in G flat’ are its elegant lyricism and its long melodic line.