Don Quixote in Music and Words


At 7.30pm

A programme of music and poetry inspired by Cervantes' Don Quixote; songs and arias for bass-baritone and piano interspersed with solo works for classical guitar. At the centre of this recital are song-cycles by Ravel, Ibert and Marcel Delannoy, all written for Pabst's 1933 film of Don Quixote, starring the Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin, together with araias from Massenet's opera Don Quichotte, another vehicle for Chaliapin. These works chart aspects of Quixote's journey; his chivalry, devotion to Dulcinea, his ecstatic visions and his eventual death.

British bass-baritone Timothy Dickinson is in demand as a concert soloist, on the operatic stage, and as an ensemble singer, appearing at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, and the Kremlin. Operatic roles have included Masetto (Don Giovanni) at Glyndebourne; Dr Grenvil (La Traviata) for Longborough and Glyndebourne Tour; and Zuniga (Carmen) for Scottish Opera. Timothy has made regular appearances with Silent Opera in London, Helsinki and Beijing and has been a regular guest at the St Endellion Festival. On the concert platform, he appears regularly with La Nuova Musica as well as The Sixteen, Ensemble Plus Ultra, BBC Singers, Solomon’s Knot and Sonoro. Notable oratorio appearances included Bach’s Johannes-Passion with Mark Padmore and Britten Sinfonia; Handel’s Messiah with La Nuova Musica; Duruflé’s Requiem, conducted by James MacMillan at the St Endellion Easter Festival; and Verdi’s Requiem in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. Timothy was the recipient of the 2013 Wessex Glyndebourne Award and is an Alumnus of the National Opera Studio, London.

Alastair Putt studied at New College, Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was a Fellow from 2010-11. He has given solo guitar recitals of works ranging from Bach to contemporary music and has been a member of guitar quartets both classical and electric. He has also performed with a number of ensembles specialising in new music, including the London Contemporary Orchestra and the Riot Ensemble, in venues including LSO St Luke's, the Roundhouse, and the Forge, and he has been heard on several film soundtracks. As a composer, he joined the LSO’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme in 2011; his subsequent commission for the orchestra, Spiral, was premiered in 2014 at the Barbican Hall and released on the ‘Panufnik Legacies II’ CD in 2016. A Composition Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in 2012, he returned the following year for the premiere of his commission for brass ensemble, Blaze. Recent commissions include works for the London Contemporary Orchestra through the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Choir of New College, Oxford, the Brinkburn Festival, Finchley Children’s Music Group, EXAUDI, and the viola da gambist Liam Byrne. In addition to his guitar and composing activities, Alastair is active as a freelance tenor, singing with groups including the BBC Singers and EXAUDI.

American pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the “clarity, charm, and equipoise” of her performances, which span solo and collaborative repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century. Recent highlights include recitals in Rome, Paris, Montreal, Ottawa, Denver, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. A dedicated contrapuntalist, she has given all-Bach recitals at The Banff Centre, the Sacramento Bach Festival, and London’s St James Piccadilly. Her solo debut album, described as “subtle and lyrical…poetic and complex” (La Scena Musicale), was featured on David Dubal’s radio program The Piano Matters in New York and Chicago. She has appeared as recital partner with Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio (Eroica Trio), as guest pianist with the Sheba Ensemble, and on NPR’s Performance Today. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Oxford University, Anyssa continued advanced studies with Fabio Bidini in Berlin and Paul Stewart at Université de Montréal, and has worked with Thomas Adès and Rita Wagner at IMS Prussia Cove. In 2017, she completed a PhD in musicology at King’s College London, focusing on pre-existing music in the films of Ingmar Bergman. She is currently touring a lecture-recital about Bergman’s use of classical music, with appearances in Europe and North America.

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