This week we had the pleasure of listening to Lily, soprano, give a selection of classical works in varying styles. To start, we had extracts from Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson. These tuneful songs have an emphasis on nature, and Lily certainly brought that out in her performance, with the piano’s imitations of birds starting the entire programme followed by serene, calm vocals. The second work was by Handel from his opera, Acis and Galatea. The mood of this melancholy work, the final piece in the opera as Galatea immortalises her beloved Acis as a fountain, was captured wonderfully by Lily who performed with hints of both sorrow and hope.
Returning once more to the 20th Century, Lily continued with an example of more modern sacred music by Anglican composer Herbert Howells. King David is a heartfelt song, with words written by Howells’ friend Walter de la Mare and the original song written by his friend Ivor Gurney whilst in the trenches during World War I. It tells of a mourning King David seeking comfort in music and nature. The calm of the piece was not lost by Lily who sensitively navigated the large leaps in the music.The recital closed with a turn of mood with Mozart’s Una donna a quindici anni from Cosi fan Tutte. The piece is an upbeat discussion of how a 15 year old girl should be able to command a man’s heart through flirting techniques. The upbeat speed was a well-placed change of tempo, and an excellent end to the recital as a whole.