Schumann’s Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love)

also including works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn and Héloïse Werner

Wednesday 1 May 2024, 7.30pm St. Dunstan's Church, High Street, Mayfield £20, £10, £5 (Free - age 25 and under) Book now

Multi award-winning BBC New Generation Artist Helen Charlston is joined by pianist Sholto Kynoch for a performance of Schumann’s masterful song cycle Dichterliebe, a pinnacle of the song repertoire. Alongside this, they perform songs by Schumann’s contemporaries, including Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, as well as a thrilling new work by Héloïse Werner, Knight’s Dream, commissioned in 2023 by BBC Radio 3 as a companion piece to Dichterliebe.


Her radiant expressiveness reached its peak in Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Op 48, Heine’s romantic journey through bliss and disillusion towards apparent resignation and resolution. With supremely sensitive playing from Kynoch, Charlston made us struggle with her over all these emotional hurdles in a superb performance, both exhausting and elating.” Stephen Pritchard, The Observer*****