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More Myths and Legends

Elizabeth Charlesworth & Hugh Finnigan
Group type: Soloists
  • Sunday 9 September
    4.00 – 5.30pm
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Suspend disbelief and come into dreamland with stories of mythical heros and heroines

Hugh and I have been preparing a programme of mainly lighter songs. Everyone likes to dream a little and to imagine ‘what if …’. Magnolia in 'Showboat', Laurey in 'Oklahoma' juxtaposed with a ‘serious’ piece: Liszt’s setting of Victor Hugo’s poem: 'Oh! Quand je dors'. ‘While I sleep you come to me as Petrarch came to Laura’, a reference to the renowned lovers.

Greek legend yields many stories: Ganymed, paired with a song by Verdi about the shepherdess Irene, she of the Bo-Peep hat and crook. In this poem by Vittorelli she is being chased and cries to the gods to save her, ending with a veiled threat – ‘after all, you may not know how to make another’.

George Gershwin takes an alternative view of two saucy heroines, Delilah and The Lorelei. We round off the programme with the saga of Jenny, the Maid of the Mountains and The Heather on the Hill.


Elizabeth Charlesworth (soprano) and Hugh Finnigan (piano)


  • Jerome Kern: Only Make Believe
  • Liza Lehmann: There are fairies at the bottom of our garden
  • Richard Rodgers: Out of my dreams
  • Franz Liszt: Oh! Quand Je dors
  • Guiseppe Verdi : In solitaria stanza
  • Franz Schubert : Ganymed
  • Guiseppe Verdi : Perduta ho la pace
  • George Gershwin: Samson and Delilah
  • George Gershwin: The Lorelei
  • Kurt Weill: The Saga of Jenny
  • Robert Schumann: Waldesgespräch
  • Frederick Loewe: The Heather on the Hill
  • Fraser-Simson: Love will find a way

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