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An Aria A Day #87

BENSON WILSON
‘It never was you’
from Knickerbocker Holiday
by Kurt Weill
Piano Juan Kim

3rd August, 2020

Award-winning baritone Benson Wilson and Juan Kim offer us Weill’s ‘It never was you’ from the 1938 musical ‘Knickerbocker Holiday’.

The work is based loosely on Washington Irving’s ’A History of New York by Diedrich Knickerbocker’ about life in 17th-century New Netherland (old New York). You might recognise the tortured syntax throughout the piece. This is thought to be due to the setting in the Dutch colonies in America at the time. ‘Knickerbocker Holiday’ also features the American classic ‘September Song’.

​New Zealand-born Samoan baritone Benson is the winner of the prestigious 64th Kathleen Ferrier Award.

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