I,Clara is the sixth Composer Portrait to be compiled and scripted by Lucy Parham.
The CD, narrated by Harriet Walter, was released by Deux-Elles in October 2019. It was recently chosen by Andrew McGregor as BBC Radio 3’s Record of the Week.
Available to buy now from Deux-Elles (below) and via Amazon from 29th November.
“It’s my favourite thing for Clara’s 200th anniversary – her life story beautifully told in her own words, read by Harriet Walter, brought to life with music picked and played by Lucy Parham. A beautifully designed portrait of Clara. If you are not moved to tears by Clara’s account of his death and by Parham’s choice of music you are made of stronger stuff than I am. It’s a seriously moving tribute – and my Record of the Week”
“Lucy Parham’s trailblazing evening concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.”
“Lucy has a real gift for drawing her audience into the music through these beautifully crafted programmes. I always feel as if I am performing chamber music, such is the intimacy of each show. To sit by her whilst she plays transports me to another world.”
“I really love doing these concerts with Lucy. The letters and journals of these two great artists enable the audience to hear their music freshly, illuminated by the insights into their personal and domestic lives. Lucy’s passion for these great composers infuses the whole evening, and her playing is glorious.”
“It is a great treat and privilege to sit so close to Lucy Parham at the piano and hear this wonderful music. It stimulates the emotions and brings one closer to the composers we play. It is also exciting to give some kind of living presence to these fascinating musical geniuses who lived so long ago”
“The music has been so well chosen to illustrate the life story. The story itself has been beautifully constructed by Lucy Parham and narrated with a combination of tenderness and strength by Harriet Walter that feels just right.”