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In the years between 1811 and 1816, Beethoven wrote the song cycle An die ferne Geliebte and a set of letters dedicated to a “distant” and “immortal” beloved. In 2012, Canadian composer James Wright set these letters to music for trio and voice entitled Briefe an die unsterbliche Geliebte. Gryphon Trio and the “powerful, free, and magnificently timbred” baritone David Pike (Luxemburger Wort) perform these poignant and passionate pieces, along with Gerald Finzi’s setting of Shakespearean songs entitled Let Us Garlands Bring.

James Wright, composer, host
David John Pike, baritone

Gryphon Trio
Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin
Roman Borys, cello
James Parker, piano

Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
Beethoven: 10 Variations on “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu”, Op. 121a
Wright: Briefe an die unsterbliche Geliebte (Letters to the Immortal Beloved)
Beethoven: Allegretto in B-flat major for Piano Trio, WoO 39
Finzi: Selections from Let us Garlands Bring, Op. 18

The Ihnatowycz Family Foundation generously supports Ottawa Chamberfest’s Artistic Director