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Camille Claudel: Into the Fire / Brentano Quartet

 14 April 2015 at 7.30pm 

Camille Claudel: Into the Fire / Brentano Quartet

Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, EC2Y 9BH
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

The climax of Joyce DiDonato’s Artist Spotlight: a new song cycle written specially for her by Jake Heggie, with the composer at the piano.

As the centrepiece of her Artist Spotlight, Joyce DiDonato has herself curated this programme, which pairs the belle-époque subtleties of Hahn and Debussy with a new song-cycle by Jake Heggie. “Joyce is its perfect champion” says Heggie – who accompanies DiDonato in this deeply personal evening of song.

The artist Camille Claudel was many things – lover, muse, friend of Debussy, Proust and Hahn, and creator of sculptures that, in the words of Jake Heggie, “dance and sing to us through time”. Inspired by the passionate life of this misunderstood figure, Heggie - the pre-eminent living composer of American art-song - created Camille Claudel: Into the Fire specially for his friend Joyce DiDonato. With Heggie joining the Brentano String Quartet at the piano, this will be its European premiere – a fitting climax to DiDonato’s Artist Spotlight, and an intimate portrait of a very special creative relationship.

Joyce DiDonato mezzo soprano
Jake Heggie piano
Brentano String Quartet

Claude Debussy : String Quartet
Renaldo Hahn : Venezia
Jake Heggie : Camille Claudel: Into the Fire

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