August 15, 2016

With less than a week until the Schubertiade 371 on Sunday 21st August, I chatted with rising star soprano, Simone Easthope, and international prize winning German pianist Benjamin Moser, to talk about their Schubert recital program and Simone's life since leaving Sydney's shores to pursue an international career in New York and Europe. To book tickets, please click here.

MB: The Schubert Society is so thrilled that you and Ben, are able to perform a recital for us on your visit to Australia. Can you please tell us a little bit about the program and what you think the highlights will be for Schubert members?

SE: Ben and I have never had the chance to perform together in concert, so this has been a very special experience for both of us. When we began planning our Australian tour, we tried to find song and piano repertoire that would complement each other. Ben has played this Schubert piano sonata many times, and in fact recorded it recently to grea...

June 17, 2016

In the lead up to the Gala Concert at the Independent Theatre on Sunday June 26, I caught up with acclaimed baritone, David Greco, to chat about his program, love of Schubert & Emma Kirkby. To book tickets, please click here.

MB: Can you tell us a little bit about the program:

DG: The inspiration for the program came about because the pianist I work with, Peter Toohey, & I are very passionate about Schubert. As a singer performing lieder, Schubert is your first port of call, he’s the great master of nineteenth century German art song. But I find Schubert an alluring character for so many reasons - his personal life, artistic output, his use of harmony and his use of text setting appeals very much to me. 

Also, I come about performing Schubert from a Baroque perspective perhaps, or maybe a better way of saying it is that I come from Bach rather than from Mahler when I approach Schubert. That’s not to say that I perform Schubert like Purcell, but that I think I try to come at Schubert...

June 1, 2016

Dear Members and friends of the Sydney Schubert Society,

As you may recall the Independent Theatre in North Sydney and the Schubert Society will jointly present a Gala Schubertiade on June 26 at 2.30pm at the Independent Theatre. The Schubertiade will feature the marvellous baritone David Greco and pianist Peter Toohey performing lieder by Schubert and Berg. After interval the exciting Sonus Quartet is joined by Marianne Broadfoot and David Campbell for a performance of Schubert's "Trout Quintet". 

This Gala Schubertiade is a big project for the Schubert Society and I hope you will support it with your presence and by inviting your friends and family to join you for the afternoon. Please spread the word through your social media contacts as well. Details for ticket purchases and ticket prices can be found on the Independent Theatre's website here which you can also access via the Schubert Society's new website here. Please note that this is an event which is additional to our series of S...

June 1, 2011

Dear friends and members of the Schubert Society, 


When looking at the 600+ Schubert Lieder, it is intriguing to consider the role that the text and the poet played in inspiring the composer. Much has been made of Schubert’s interest in Goethe and to be sure that relationship has granted us some of the greatest of his “Lieder”. Schubert’s use of texts by friends and acquaintances also seems rather straightforward. However, Schubert’s motivation to consider other texts and poets seems less clear. In some cases, the interest appears restricted to a few years – we find a concentration of songs by Novalis in 1819, for example. This suggests a number of things, perhaps, not least intellectual curiosity which moves on from one writer to the next.


Our next two Schubertiades are dedicated to looking at Schubert’s poets: On July 31 2011 we will features romantic songs of nature and character by Novali...

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