Anne Sofie von Otter & Brooklyn Rider / Songs of Love and Death

Thursday, November 09, 2023

The Music of Franz Schubert & Rufus Wainwright

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Trois Valses Anglaises World Premiere arr. Rob Moose
SCHUBERT String Quartet No.14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden” 
SCHUBERT Winterreise Selections arr. Osvaldo Golijov
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Three Songs for Lulu arr. Rob Moose

Anne Sofie von Otter with Brooklyn Rider


Brooklyn Rider

With their gripping performance style and unquenchable appetite for a musical adventure, Brooklyn Rider has carved a singular space in the world of string quartets over their fifteen-year history. Claiming no allegiance to either end of the historical spectrum, Brooklyn Rider most comfortably operates within the long arc of the tradition, seeking to illuminate works of the past with fresh insight while coaxing the malleable genre into the future through an inclusive programming vision, deep-rooted collaborations with a wide range of global tradition bearers, and the creation of thoughtful and relevant frames for commissioning projects. The current concert season is strongly illustrative of the intrepid musical appetite of Brooklyn Rider. This fall, they began unveiling a major new commissioning and programmatic venture calledThe Four Elements; an exploration of the four classical elements (earth, air, water, and fire) as both metaphors for both the complex inner world of the string quartet and the current health of planet Earth. This winter, the quartet will also release The Wanderer, their first-ever live concert recording, made in Palieusius Manor in Eastern Lithuania while on tour last spring. The album consists of two works written recent works written for Brooklyn Riderby Gonzalo Grau and Osvaldo Golijov, as well as Schubert’s iconic “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet. This season also sees the quartet reuniting with Magos Herrera across the US for their Dreamers project.


Anne Sofie von Otter, Mezzo-Soprano

Boasting an unrivaled and multi-award-winning discography, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter’s versatility has seen her work with legendary artists ranging from the late greats of Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado, and Giuseppe Sinopolito Elvis Costello, Brad Mehldau and Rufus Wainwright.
An ever-evolving repertoire has played a key role in sustaining Swedish-born von Otter’s international profile, from an early position as the superlative Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) of her generation, giving performances around the world, to her acclaimed creation of Leonora in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angelat Salzburger Festspiele and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Recent highlights include Madamede Croissy (Dialoguesdes Carmélites) at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Marcellina ( Lenozze di Figaro) in Christ of Loy’s production at Bayerische Staatsoper, L’Opinion Publique (Orphéeaux Enfers) at Salzburger Festspiele in Barrie Kosky’s new production, Mérope (Oedipe) at Opéra National de Paris, and the leading role of Charlotte Andergast in the world premiere of Sebastian Fagerlund’s Höstsonaten for Finnish National Opera.