Thursday 16 February 2023

Befreit: A Soul Surrendered - a new film from Kitty Whately, Joseph Middleton, Kevin Whately and Madelaine Newton

Mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Joseph Middleton have a new album out on Friday (17 February 2023), Befreit: A Soul Surrendered on Chandos. The album reflects on grief, mortality, and bereavement, combining songs by Richard Strauss and Mahler with two of their lesser-known contemporaries Johanna Muller-Hermann (1878-1941), who studied in Vienna with Zemlinsky, Franz Schmidt and others, and Margarete Schweikert (1887-1957), who lived in Karlsruhe and studied with Joseph Haas in Stuttgart.

To mark the launch of the album, Kitty Whately has joined with her parents, actors Kevin Whately and Madelaine Newton, to make a short film (filming by Jan Capinski) inspired by Richard Strauss' song Befreit from the album. A husband nurses his wife gently to the end of her days, thanking her for the beautiful life they have lived together, and promising to devote himself to their children, as she always has.

The video is available on YouTube, and Kitty Whately and Joseph Middleton's new album is on Chandos

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