Exploring the Depths of Emotion – A Journey Through Time & Sound
Timothy Edlin – Bass-baritone
Hamish Brown – Piano
Join us for The Three Palaces Festival
for an evening of music in our elegant Sala Dei Cavalieri. Our Baroque venue, with its ornate architecture, serves as a fitting backdrop for this musical journey.
Bass-baritone Timothy Edlin will be delivering solo recitals with pianist as well as harpsichordist Hamish Brown, exploring the depths of emotion through time and sound with pieces from George Frideric Händel, Franz Schubert and more.
The Three Palaces Festival is organised by Festivals Malta
, supported by the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government (Kultura), and sponsored by GSD Marketing Ltd
Selection of Arias by George Frideric Händel (1685-1759)
– “Lascia Amor” from Orlando
– “Sorge Infausta” from Orlando
– Voli Colla sua Tromba” from Ariodante
– Invida Sorte avara” from Ariodante
– Nel Mondo e nell’ abisso” from Tamelano
(Small pause, c.5mins)
Selection of Lieder by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
– Der Schiffer D. 536
– Am Meer D. 957
– Die Forelle D. 550
Selection of Lieder by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
– Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht Op. 96, No. 1
– O Tod, Wie bitter bist du Op.121, No. 3
– Wir wandelten Op. 96, No. 2
– Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelszungen redete Op. 121, No. 4
First we delve into the world of the Baroque. George Frideric Handel, born in 1685, was a German-British composer known for his mastery of operatic and oratorio composition. His music, characterised by intricate melodies and dramatic expression, reflect the opulence and emotional depth of the Baroque era. Today’s selected arias demonstrate vividly these features, while looking through the lens of three contrasting characters from different Operas. First the Magician Zoroastro, who guides the hero Orlando on this destined journey. Then the King of Scotland, a conflicted ruler torn between his love for his daughter and his position as King. Lastly Leone from Tamerlano whose agitated aria expresses this unshakable solidarity in his own conviction.
Moving forward to the German Lied, we explore in intimate world of Schubert and Brahms. These songs were originally crafted for the intimate salon settings of the 19th century, taking place in venues not dissimilar to where we are today.
Franz Schubert, born in 1797, sits on the crossroads between the Classical and Romantic periods. Schubert is revered for his ability to meld music and poetry seamlessly, capturing the essence of the human experience through rich storytelling. His songs, “Der Schiffer,” “Am Meer,” and “Die Forelle,” share aquatic imagery and are exquisite examples of his artistry embracing different moods.
Johannes Brahms, born in 1833, represents the Romantic period in our program. A significant composer of his time, Brahms contributed extensively to chamber music, symphonic works, and of course Lieder. Today’s selection offer introspective glimpses into the themes of death and love. “Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht” portrays death as a cool, comforting presence, while “O Tod” is a biblical setting which grapples with our conflicted relationship with our mortality. “Wir Wandelten,” and “Wenn ich mit Menschen,” delve into profound expressions of love. The former reflects on the fleeting nature of happiness and connection, while the latter is again a biblical text, which proclaims love as the preeminent virtue, despite the solitude of the human soul.
The Three Palaces Festival is organised by Festivals Malta in collaboration with & The Ministry for Heritage, The Arts & Local Government (Kultura).