Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

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Who would have thought that so many different composers set the prolific poet Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister to song?

On Friday 23rd November, Shakira took part in a concert series presenting twenty-two different settings by Hugo Wolf, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Carl Friedrick Zelter and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Spread over two parts, Shakira performed a number of pieces including the iconic setting of Tchaikovsky’s Nur wer di Sehnsucht kennt, which although most well known for its Russian translation was originally set in German.