Thomas Oliemans, baritone
Malcolm Martineau piano
Well known for his fine sense of physical comedy and communicative singing style, Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans is an outstanding recitalist. He and pianist Malcolm Martineau, one of the world’s best-known piano accompanists, regularly collaborate on the world’s stages. Recognized for innovative programming, these remarkable artists interweave two song cycles: one by the bold young Brahms and the other by his often more pensive mentor, Schumann. In so doing they invite us into the world of these two giants of musical poetry. Through Brahms and Schumann, Oliemans and Martineau conjure up a magical world of old forests, crumbling castles, missed loved ones, brave knights, and consoling birds, all bound by love and song.
More information on the WMCT website:
Robert Schumann – Liederkreis, Op. 39
Johannes Brahms – Die schöne Magelone
Programme Notes by Thomas Oliemans