Anyone ending up in west Los Angeles in the 1940s must have felt on some occasions like they were in Europe. Leading figures of the European art world were there, sometimes living within walking distance of each other: Arnold Schoenberg, Bertolt Brecht, Theodor Adorno, Thomas Mann, Hanns Eisler, Alma Mahler, Otto Klemperer, … you name it. It’s not surprising that there was a German spirit constantly floating around the neighbourhood. Inevitably, however, the spirit had to be affected by homesickness and a feeling of alienation.
Fittingly, this ‘American’ song recital is built around the feeling of being uprooted. Composerslike Eisler and Weill used this feeling in many of their works, often inspired by the melancholy in Schubert’s songs. Brecht, usually bitter and lyrical at the same time, was in turn a favourite source of texts. This concert is one long sigh, an elegy of despair and forlorn hope, with here and there faint memories of the abandoned fatherland. Several years ago, Lore Binon and Inge Spinette presented a stunningly beautiful recital in Leuven featuring songs on texts by the French ‘poètes maudits’ (‘cursed poets’). That concert proved how they could make what looked like a motley collection of poems into a coherent and moving story. With I am a stranger everywhere they’ll once again present a programme that perfectly interweaves unity and diversity, and guaranteed to move you.
"The hope of all music – of the future, of the past, say nothing of the present – will not lie with the partialist who raves about an ultra-modern opera but despises Schubert, or with the party man who viciously maintains the opposite assumption." – Charles Ives (Music and Its Future, 1933)
CONCERT VAN DE STAD LEUVEN
Hanns Eisler, Kurt Weill, Charles Ives, Hans Erich Apostel & Franz Schubert: Liederen
Arnold Schönberg : Klavierstücke Op. 19
Including mini-intro by Lalina Goddard
Throughout the years, Inge Spinette has specialized as a Lied-performer, opera coach and teacher. Her innumerable recitals with the likes of Thomas Blondelle, Yves Saelens and Samuel Hasselhorn have received rave reviews, as have her performances and her CD recording with Lore Binon.
Lore Binons repertoire reaches all the way from Schumann to Schönberg, and far beyond. As a soloist and a member of Revue Blanche, she’s devoted herself and her versatile voice to the dispersion of the Lied genre. Previous seasons, she’s shared the stage with pianist Inge Spinette more than once, which definitely shines through in their effortless interplay.