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Hera Hyesang Park and Bretton Brown at Milton Court

Date: Friday 1 March 2024, 7:30pm
Milton Court | 1 Milton Street | London EC2Y 9BH | | [Map]

Tickets: from £15 | Get tickets here

Soprano Hera Hyesang Park and pianist Bretton Brown give a recital that celebrates Park’s Korean heritage, finding parallels and contrasts between western repertoire and Korean art and folk-song.

Hera Hyesang Park
photo credit: Chun Youngsang

In weaving together western classical music and Korean art songs and folk-song arrangements, Park and Brown find the common threads that unite different cultures. A Korean Boat Song and Caplet’s boat bob alongside Rossini and Hahn’s gondolas, and there are floral tributes from Alma Mahler and Samuel Barber, as well as spiritual reflections from Errollyn Wallen and Thomas Frederick Dunhill.

Hera Hysesang Park shows real integrity in her programming: ‘Instead of making myself perform a list of songs that might impress others’ she opts to ‘take a chance on myself and perform songs that resonate with my core values’. Known for his sensitive and responsive musicianship, Japanese American pianist Bretton Brown is in great demand as a song accompanist and chamber musician.


Francesco Santoliquido: ‘L’assiolo canta’ from I canti della sera
Germaine Tailleferre: ‘L’oiseau des îles’ from Pancarte pour une porte d’entrée
Samuel Barber: ‘The Crucifixion’ from Hermit Songs
Trad Korean (arr Dunam Jo): 새타령 (Song of the Birds)
Samuel Barber: ‘The Daisies’ from Three Songs, Op 2
Alma Mahler: ‘Ich wandle unter Blumen’ from Fünf Lieder
Olivier Messiaen: ‘Le collier’ from Poèmes pour Mi
Ottorino Respighi: ‘Musica in horto’ from Deità silvane
Trad Korean (arr Dunam Jo): 뱃노래 (Boat Song)
Gioachino Rossini: ‘Anzoleta avanti la regata’ from La regata veneziana
Reynaldo Hahn: ‘Sopra l’acqua indormenzada’ from Venezia
Gioachino Rossini: ‘Anzoleta co passa la regata’ and ‘Anzoleta dopo la regata’ from La regata veneziana
André Caplet: ‘L’adieu en barque’ from Cinq Ballades Françaises
Franz Schubert: Der Zwerg [replaced in the final programme by Woo Hyo-won’s 가시리]
Cecilia Livingston: ‘Paula Modersohn-Becker’ from Breath Alone
Trad French (arr Benjamin Britten): Fileuse
Trad Korean (arr Isang Yun): 고풍의상 (Old-fashioned Clothes)
Thomas Frederick Dunhill: ‘The Cloths of Heaven’ from The Wind Among the Reeds
Errollyn Wallen: Jesus on a Train
Un-Yung La: 시편 23편 (Psalm 23)

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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