The concert ended with Chanson Madécasses, a trio of Madagascan songs composed from 1925-26, featuring Mouriz accompanied by piano, flute and cello. This unusual mixture provided some astonishing harmonic results that could easily be mistaken for a contemporary piece. Mouriz came into her own in these ethereal and at times starkly dramatic works; her opening attack in the political (and postcolonial avant le mot) ‘Aoua!’ was astonishing in its vividness and theatricality, and all three songs were successful, both as a result of the sensitive accompaniment by Middleton, David Mosely and Philip Higham, but also because of Mouriz’s passionate commitment to these strange songs.
Spanish-born mezzo-soprano Clara - a former member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist - was an Independent Opera / Wigmore Hall Fellow 2009-11, and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied.
She made her Wigmore Hall debut under the auspices of the Kirckman Concert Society in 2007, and has returned there regularly, as well as appearing in radio broadcasts and at festivals across Europe and North America with pianists Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Simon Lepper, Malcolm Martineau, Joseph Middleton, Melvyn Tan and Roger Vignoles.
Clara’s 2016-17 season included invitations to the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Amsterdam-Concertgebouw, Antwerp deSingel, the Musée D’Orsay in Paris and Leeds Lieder Festival, as well as performing Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro in San Sebastián’s Quincena Musical and Madrid’s El Escorial festivals. The 2017-18 season includes appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals at the Wallace Collection in London, and with the Myrthen Ensemble at the Bath Mozartfest. Clara will also perform Clarina, La cambiale di matrimonio at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.