with Götz Payer, piano
Songs by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Edward Grieg, Jean Sibelius and other composers.
The sea has been a common theme in literature for centuries. Sometimes it stands for all things sinister and dramatic, at others for unrelenting loneliness and danger. At the same time it is a symbol of nature, its peace and serenity and of the uncertain and the concealed. In poetry, the sea is often a place of yearning and sometimes the place of death. Like love it is elementary and deep, like passion it is tumultuous. Each Lied on the programme has been chosen so that, detached from its original context, it can be understood as part of an ongoing story set at sea.
Wegener explores the depths of the soul and lets her marvellously radiant voice, as powerful as it is rich in colour, and calm, perfectly balanced vibrato glide over the water conjured up by pianist Götz Payer, which at times delicately sparkles, at others swells powerfully like waves. FAZ 2017 – zur CD „Into the deepest sea“, CAvi 8553374
with Ensemble il capriccio (direction: Friedemann Wezel)
The cantata Il pianto di Maria, a cantata formerly attributed to Handel is the guiding thread of this programme. Lamento arias by baroque masters are combined with contemporary works, contrasting and merging into each other. In this way the topos ‘war and peace’ and man’s analysis of harm and mortality find musical expression.
Following their first recording „Into the deepest sea“ Sarah Wegener and Götz Payer are in the studio again for their next Lied CD in cooperation with SWR and CAvi. Praised as a specialist for Strauss, especially for her concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski as well as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons in 2019, it was only logical to focus on a Strauss programme this time, to be released in summer 2021.
A selection of Strauss songs can be amended and combined with songs by e.g. Schubert, Schumann, Korngold, Reger, A. Mahler, Marx, Zemlinsky, R. Quilter and others.
We will be happy to send individually tailored proposals upon request.
SW LA Begegnung Strauss and others