Giulia Contaldo came to international attention when she stepped in for Eliso Virsaladze to play Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall in February this year. Currently an International Artist Diploma student at the Royal Northern College of Music, Giulia will open her imaginative recital with Schumann’s Op.12 ‘Fantasiestücke’ which pays tribute to one of the composer’s literary heroes, E.T.A. Hoffmann.
Following the calm of Respighi’s ‘Notturno’, Giulia will perform Debussy’s ‘Estampes’ (“prints” or “engravings”), which offer three examples of Debussy’s pictorial rhetoric and promise to take us on a journey from the Far East to the centre of Spain, then arriving home at in France. The final scene from Wagner’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’, Isolde’s Liebestod (“love-death”) scene, brings the recital to an end. Isolde, standing over Tristan’s dead body, sings of her love and slips into death in a tragic ending that has few equals in opera.
SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
DEBUSSY Estampes, L. 100
WAGNER arr. LISZT “Liebestod,” from “Tristan and Isolde”