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About the programme In this recital, which András Schiff has designed with extreme subtlety, everything revolves around love. Ludwig van Beethoven, whose own dreams of love remained unfulfilled, represents love as unattainable in his song cycle To the Distant Beloved.
Robert Schumann, who had to go through a lengthy battle before he could lead Clara Wieck to the altar, quotes the closing song from Beethoven’s cycle (“Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder”) in the finale of one of his most important piano pieces: the C major Fantasy, a confession of love that was written in a state between hope and anxiety. On the other hand, in The Diary of One Who Disappeared, Leoš Janáček considers the fate of a peasant boy who, against all odds, chooses a young Roma woman and secretly vanishes with her.
Accompanying Schiff is the tenor Jan Petryka, a pupil of Marjana Lipovšek, who has a clear, light voice that makes him destined for lieder. That the pair dedicate their recital to Ernst Haefliger and Rafael Kubelík, the most prominent performers of Janáček’s Diary, is also surely a declaration of love.