Sketches from Spain
The Spanish mezzo-soprano Consuelo Sañudo may be familiar to listeners who follow the early-music scene, as she has appeared with such groups as Sequentia, Weser Renaissance, and the Las Huelgas Ensemble. In fact, she has worked in a broad range of repertoire, from the most ancient to the most modern, with her performances of contemporary music being spotlighted at the Moscow Alternativa and the Frank Zappa Festival of Brussels Radio. Her free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, in the Great Hall of Peterson Student Center of St. John’s College (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca), includes standard art songs by Duparc (“Phidylé”), Mahler (“Rheinlegendchen”), Falla (two of his Siete canciones populares españolas), and Fauré (his luscious nine-song cycle La bonne
chanson, to poetry by Verlaine). A rarity also figures in the mix: Schoenberg’s infrequently heard Das Buch der hängenden Gärten (The Book of the Hanging Gardens), a set of 15 songs that traces the progress of a failed love affair. Composed in 1908 and 1909, this was one of the first works in which Schoenberg embraced complete atonality — or, as he put it, in which “I have for the first time succeeded in approaching an ideal of expression and form which has been in my mind for many years.” Sañudo will be assisted by pianist Jeff Gibbens, who will also play his own short composition Strut. For further information, call 505-984-6000.