Debuting at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, this programme presents an afternoon of music exploring the nature of longing and sorrow; an inescapable and painful part of the human condition, and yet great wonders and joys inevitably emerge from the ashes of heartache.
Soprano Cristina Russo and pianist Konrad Olszewski travel through musical time to explore the nature of yearning and sorrow. Can we avoid it? Would life be better without it? Cristina draws from her own Italian heritage to explore these eternal questions, turning to such diverse sources as Alessandro Scarlatti, Luciano Berio, Stefano Landi, Nina Simone, Henry Purcell, the poetry of the great Michelangelo, Jeff Buckley and finally Nick Cave.
“Out of sorrow entire worlds have been built, out of longing great wonders have been willed.” Nick Cave