2019 sees the debuting of a Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks) – a recital made up exclusively of the poetry of Heinrich Heine. 

The centrepiece of the recital is Robert Schumann’s masterpiece Dichterliebe.

Dichterliebe, Op.48 is 16 songs set to poetry by Heine in the midst of a fever of creative activity from Schumann in 1840 where he wrote over 140 songs.   Along with pianist, Sara Wilander, the present this tale of unrequited-love-turned-bad along side two other Heine settings by Schumann from the same year (Die Beiden Grenadier and Die feindlichen Brüder), two Heine settings by Schumann’s protégé, Johannes Brahms (from his Opus 85), and Franz Schubert’s six groundbreaking settings from 1828 which form part of the posthumous collection Schwanengesang (Der Atlas, Ihr Bild, Das Fischermädchen, Die Stadt, Am Meer & Der Doppelgänger).

As Heine is attributed to have said: “Wenn Worte aufhören, beginnt die Musik” (“When words stop, Music begins”).

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Extract of a 2017 recording from the King’s Lynn Fringe Festival with Fergus Black, piano

Programme Notes

A sample copy of the programme notes for Der Dichter Spricht is available here.


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