Listen: Anne Sofie von Otter Spans Centuries of Songs

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. (Ewa-Marie Rundquist)

In addition to performing at the world's leading opera houses and concert halls, Swedish Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has also recorded an album of Swedish folk songs, worked with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and collaborated with pop artist Elvis Costello.

For her concert in the intimate Music Room of The Frick Collection, she showed her expansive taste, chosing music spanning the 16th and 17th centuries to contemporary work.

Joining von Otter is English harpsichord and organ player Jonathan Cohen. Cohen is involved in many musical projects, including the Baroque ensemble Archangelo, where he serves as artistic director. The third member of this trio is Frenchman Thomas Dunford, who plays the lute. Dunford performs with ensembles throughout Europe, and he’s been called a “rock star” of the instrument.

Program:

Henry Purcell: "Music for a While"

John Dowland: "Come Again"

Dowland: "The King of Denmark’s Galliard" (instrumental)

Robert Johnson: "Have You Seen the Bright Lily Grow"

Dowland: "Fine Knacks for Ladies"

Dowland: Lachrimae (instrumental)

Purcell: "What Power Art Thou" (from King Arthur)

Purcell: "Fairest Isle" (from King Arthur)

Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger: Toccata No. 6 (instrumental)

Francesco Provenzale: "Squarciato appena havei"

François Couperin: "Les barricades mysterieuses" (instrumental)

Michel Lambert: "Ma bergère est tendre et fidèle"

Robert de Visée: Chaconne in D Minor (instrumental)

Arvo Pärt: "My Heart’s in the Highlands"

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