Songs for Soothing Grief with Eugenia Cheng

May 7, 2022, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of Eugenia Cheng in front of bright stone building, looking into distance.
Eugenia Cheng (Photo: Charlie Round-Turner)

This week Eugenia Cheng has curated a highly personal playlist of art songs that can be therapeutic for those who have suffered trauma. Eugenia and Oliver share a long friendship and have collaborated on numerous performances of lieder, especially those of Franz Schubert.

About This Week’s Guest
Dr. Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician, educator, author, pianist, and artist. She is a Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. She is the author of the “popular science” books How to Bake Pi, Beyond Infinity, The Art of Logic, and x + y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender, as well as two children’s books Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries and Bake Infinite Pie with X + Y. Eugenia is also math columnist for the Wall Street Journal, founder of the art song salon Liederstube in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building, and the host of WFMT’s web series Math in Music.

Learn more about Eugenia HERE.


Playlist

Ivor Gurney: Sleep
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Julius Drake, piano
Link to text HERE.

Benjamin Britten: “Wagtail and baby” from Winter Words, Op. 52
Peter Pears, tenor
Benjamin Britten, piano
Link to text HERE.

Henri Duparc: Chanson triste
Jessye Norman, soprano
Dalton Baldwin, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Francis Poulenc: “Il vole” from Fiançailles pour rire
Elly Ameling, soprano
Dalton Baldwin, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Peter Tchaikovsky: Nyet tolko tot kto znal
Gerald Finley, bass-baritone
Julius Drake, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Ti pomnish’li vecher
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
Ivari Ilja, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Was Du mir bist?, Op.22 No. 1
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Bengt Forsberg, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

Franz Schubert: Du bist die Ruh, D. 776
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Helmut Deutsch, piano
Link to text and translation HERE.

 

This episode of Listening to Singers originally aired on October 2, 2021.