Arnold Schoenberg – Pierrot Lunaire
In the coming weeks we will be releasing new films from Psappha’s live performances archive.
We start with the YouTube Premier of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire – 21 snapshot glimpses into the mind and the madness of a woman on the brink, an undisputed landmark in 20th-century music. The performance was filmed live in February 2020 with the amazing soprano Claire Booth.
Join us at 20:30 BST to chat with Claire and the musicians and to watch the premier of this new film together. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/c-1w1puzrJ0
****Guardian review of the live performance
Claire Booth was the soloist here, and got that balance between speech and song exactly right. There was certainly caricature in her presentation – which stayed on the right side of winsomeness – but musical accuracy, too. This was perfectly matched to the playing of the Psappha instrumentalists, who made the most of their solo opportunities throughout the cycle.
See you on Monday!