In a recital celebrating the strength – and inherent romance – represented by Britten and Pears when they premiered Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Justin Vickers (tenor) and pianists Karyl Carlson and Felipe Rodrigues-Silva performed two works by E. C. Schirmer composers Zachary Wadsworth and John David Earnest. Zachary Wadsworth’s Secret Songs was commissioned and premiered in this concert to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the United Kingdom. John David Earnest’s Songs of Hadrian, a song cycle based on five texts by Arch Brown about Roman Emperor Hadrian’s love for the beautiful Greek youth, Antinous.
June 8, 2017, England.
Source: Britten-Pears Foundation