Brad will premiere a new song cycle 'The Folly of Desire' with British tenor Ian Bostridge at concert halls in Europe starting this February
After seeing each other perform at Schloss Elmau in Germany a few years ago, Brad and Ian quickly professed their admiration for each other's work. They've stayed in touch ever since, corresponding about everything from their shared love of lieder to Bach and jazz.
This friendship ignited a creative spark and Brad began writing new music specifically with Ian in mind. When he shared the compositions with Ian, the two musicians decided to expand the work into a song cycle that explores the theme of the modern sinuous nature of human desire as it exists in love and adoration. The result is The Folly of Desire, a song cycle composed by Brad with lyrics from the poetry of Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, Brecht, Yeats, Goethe, Blake, and more. Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe ("A Poet's Love")fittingly completes the concert program.
Brad and Ian return to Schloss Elmau in February for a preview concert, with the official world premiere of The Folly of Desire the next evening at Philharmonie de Paris, and more performances to follow. Scroll below and click for ticket information and stay tuned for a US tour schedule soon!
The Folly of Desire was co-commissioned by Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wigmore Hall, Stanford Live at Stanford University, and Carnegie Hall.
THE FOLLY OF DESIRE TOUR DATES
24 Feb / Elmau, DE / Schloss Elmau
25 Feb / Paris, FR / Philharmonie de Paris
26 Feb / Barcelona, ES / L'Auditori
28 Feb / Hamburg, DE / Elbphilharmonie
03 Mar / London, UK / Wigmore Hall
05 Mar / Luxembourg City, LU / Philharmonie Luxembourg
06 Mar / Berlin, DE / Berlin Philharmoniker