Brad Mehldau, piano, and Ian Bostridge, tenor


Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

Part of the 2019-2020 Candler Concert Series.

“Inside the music of Brad Mehldau is a conflict among rock, jazz and classical personalities. Ultimately, though, the pianist has figured a way to integrate all three pretty seamlessly” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

*This program contains mature content

Spell-binding jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has always had a heart not only for jazz standards, but also for classical composers like Schumann and Brahms. Mehldau first met Ian Bostridge in 2015 when they discovered that even beyond their mutual admiration, they had numerous similar musical affinities. Since that time, Mehldau has written The Folly of Desire, an entire song cycle especially for the English tenor.

With lyrics from the poetry of Shakespeare, Yeats, and E.E. Cummings, this new song cycle runs from fantastically playful to extraordinarily intense. Schumann’s Dichterliebe (“The Poet’s Love”) fittingly completes the concert program as these iconic artists take the stage to traverse the borders separating musical genres.

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Artist Bios

Brad Mehldau
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio (recently re-packaged and re-released as a 5-Disc box set by Nonesuch in late 2011). During that same period, Mehldau also released a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle, and a record called Places that included both solo piano and trio songs. Elegiac Cycle and Places might be called “concept” albums made up exclusively of original material with central themes that hover over the compositions. Other Mehldau recordings include Largo, a collaborative effort with the innovative musician and producer Jon Brion, and Anything Goes—a trio outing with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy. Read More ››

Ian Bostridge
an Bostridge’s international recital career has taken him to the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals and to the main stages of Carnegie Hall and La Scala, Milan. He has held artistic residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade (2003/2004), a Carte-Blanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2004/2005), a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall (2005/2006), the Barbican, London (2008), the Luxembourg Philharmonie (2010/2011), the Wigmore Hall (2011/12) and Hamburg Laeiszhalle (2012/2013). Read More ››


Emory Concert Program

The Folly of Desire, Brad Mehldau

  The Sick Rose–William Blake

  Leda and the Swan–William Butler Yeats

  Sonnet 147–William Shakespeare

  Sonnet 75–William Shakespeare

  Über die Verführung von Engeln–Bertold Brecht

  Ganymed–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  Ganymede–W. H. Auden

  the boys i mean are not refined–e. e. cummings

  Excerpt from Sailing to Byzantium–William Butler Yeats

  Night II, from The Four Zoas (The Wail of Enion)–William Blake

  Lullaby–W. H. Auden

This work was co-commissioned by Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wigmore Hall, Stanford Live at Stanford University, and Carnegie Hall.


Dichterliebe, Robert Schumann

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