Joshua is thrilled to be making his European concert debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain this May.  Conducted by Jayce Ogren, Joshua will be performing Lieberson’s beautiful and poignant “Songs of Love and Sorrow” set to the enticing and heart-breaking poetry of Pablo Neruda.  You can come hear this beautiful work in Gijón and in Oviedo, Spain.

After the cycle’s premiere in Boston in 2010, George Loomis of the Financial Times lauded: “Songs of Love and Sorrow is Neo-Romantic, with lush harmonies and orchestral textures supporting vocal lines that are often gorgeous in their melodic flow. The reflective tone of Neruda’s apostrophes to love means that the new work does without wild mood swings, yet Lieberson achieves variety through multiple means, such as contrasting linear writing in one song with a more chordal accompaniment in another. He has a winning way of singling out key lines of text for special treatment, as when focusing on a lover’s voice in “Cantas, cantas”, set to exuberant descending fourths. The cycle begins with a haunting theme for cello solo, which returns affectingly in the vocal line of a later song.”  Sarah Urwin Jones of The Times (London) lauded Lieberson’s work for being, “reflective, desolate, seductive, Lieberson captures the essence of Pablo Neruda’s evocative poetry with a light touch…something powerful and lonely underlies these songs…which speaks of a deep hurt that finds its expression in a final, aching “Adios.”