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Jan 11 2018

If music be the food of love...

MFG’s midwinter festival Beloved comes to the Town Hall Theatre

LOVE AND romance are the ingredients of Music for Galway's 2018 midwinter festival, Beloved - Composers In Love, a beautiful programme of music by famous composers, written during times of intense passion, which takes place at the Town Hall Theatre from January 19 to 21.

The weekend features music by Robert and Clara Schumann, the composer-couple par excellence; Wagner and Richard Strauss, both of whom had emotionally strong wives; as well as Schubert, Beethoven, and Brahms who never found suitable life partners. Music from the 20h century will be represented by a string quartet by Czech composer Leos Janacek, along with songs by Benjamin Britten for his beloved partner, the tenor Peter Pears.

Many delightful works feature in the programme; these include Brahms’ ‘String Sextet in G major’ and Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’. Finghin Collins performs Schubert’s hauntingly beautiful ‘Fantasie in Fm’. It is a piece for two pianists at one piano, and his sister Dearbhla Collins joins him in the performance. Dearbhla also accompanies guest artists, soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon and tenor James Gilchrist, in songs by Mahler, Clara and Robert Schumann, and Strauss.

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