Vienna at 1900 - Even little things can delight us
with Michael Gees (piano)
Lieder by Erich Wolfang Korngold, Alban Berg, Alma Mahler, Max Reger, Richard Strauss, Joseph Marx, Engelbert Humperdinck, Hugo Wolf, Käthe Volkart-Schlager, Franz Léhar and Robert Stolz
The premiere of this programme at AMUZ Antwerp in March 2016 was a huge success with audiences and the press. Lied as a musical form enjoyed great popularity at the turn of the 20th century: both major and minor masters of the genre devoted themselves to these profound little treasures. Hugo Wolf dedicated this entire career to this most intimate of musical genres. "Even little things can delight us": the poem by Paul Heyse that Wolf set so enchantingly to music serves as a fitting theme for this evening of Viennese delight.
Into the sea, into the deep sea
with Götz Payer (piano)
Lieder 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.
War & Peace
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.