A graduate of the Royal College of Music Opera School, the German mezzo-soprano Maria Hegele isa Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Heidelberg Fruhling Scholar.
She is joined by a fellow recipient of a prestigious Imogen Cooper scholarship, pianist Anna Szalucka, violinist Emily Turkanik and violist Connie Pharoah in a programme that focuses on the innermost reflections of both the performers and a series of contrasting composers.
An intensely beautiful programme, the performers have combined the familiar music of Schumann and Elgar with the elegant song settings by Loeffler and Frank Bridge alongside the title sequence of songs by Paul Willot-Förster, settings of poetry by Joachim Ringelnatz, Selma Meerbaum Eisinger, Jakob von Hoddis, and Clemens Czernik.
Maria Hegele mezzo-soprano
Anna Szalucka piano
Emily Turkanik violin
Connie Pharoah viola
Bridge – Three songs for voice, viola and piano
Paul Willot-Förster – Soliloquies (voice, violin and piano)
Schumann – Songs (voice and piano)
Elgar – Chansons Op.15 (violin and piano); La Capricieuse
Loeffler – Quattre Poèmes Op.5 (voice, viola and piano)
For further details see the Petworth Festival website.