Song Smiths @ Buxton Festival

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SONGSMITHS-FINAL-IMAGE-207x300White Camelia – The Story of a Courtesan

Sarah-Jane Brandon, soprano
Gareth Brynmor John, baritone
Audrey Hyland, piano

About the show

Massenet Gavotte
Richard Strauss Heimliche Aufforderung
Duparc Chanson Triste
Hahn L’heure exquise
Schumann Ich bin dein Baum
Schumann Entfleh mit mir
De Falla Polo
De Falla Asturiana
Richard Strauss Ach lieb, ich muss nun schieden
Rachmaninov Ah, forsake me not
Schubert Am Bach im Früling
Brahms Immer leise
Schumann Meine Rose
Quilter Music when soft voices die
Richard Strauss Morgen
Schubert Abschied von der Erde

We follow the emotional journey of a young courtesan as she chooses a life of true love over her previous empty and flirtatious existence. Sorrow comes along in the shape of her lover’s father, who, unbeknownst to his son, pleads with her to give up his son due to the shame her past life is bringing on the family, and in particular his daughter who is about to marry into an influential family. She is faced with the difficult choice of love over duty. We travel through myriad of songs from Strauss to Duparc, to Ireland to De Falla to Schumann and to Faure.

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