Songs of Comfort and Hope

I was just looking back at a post I wrote early in the New Year and saw that top of the list of things I resolved to do more of in 2020 were (1) to go to more live concerts and (2) to see more of Ireland. Unfortunately the Covid-19 Pandemic put paid to both of those (and the other things on the list too). I haven’t listened to live music since March and haven’t set foot outside Maynooth in that time either!

Anyway, someone at the National Concert Hall in Dublin hit on the idea of putting on live concerts without an audience. I wasn’t sure it would work but based on this concert, broadcast a couple of weeks ago, and now available as a recording on Youtube I think it does. This recital features wonderful Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught and pianist Dearbhla Collins in a programme of songs by Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Aaron Copeland and Richard Strauss followed by some Irish folk songs. I think it’s a lovely performance, and I found the setting of an empty hall unexpectedly moving.

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