Benjamin Appl, baritone
Wolfram Rieger, piano
Special guests Benjamin Appl and Wolfram Rieger treat us to an enthralling and intimate evening of songs by Beethoven and Schubert including An die ferne Geliebte, Sehnsucht, Erlkönig, Ständchen, and more.
Hailed as “the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists” (Financial Times), German baritone Benjamin Appl is celebrated by audiences and critics alike for a voice that “belongs to the last of the old great masters of song” with “an almost infinite range of colours” (Suddeutsche Zeitung), “exacting attention to text” (New York Times), and artistry that The Times of London has described as “unbearably moving.” Named Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year in 2016, he has performed at major venues throughout Europe, including the Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the Wiener Konzerthaus. He signed exclusively to SONY Classical in May 2016. His TSM program includes Beethoven’s only song-cycle, To the Distant Beloved, also considered the first work of its kind by a major composer. It served as a model for the song-cycles that Schubert, Berlioz, Schumann, Mahler and other composers created in later years. An impressive selection from Schubert’s 600 glorious Lieder (songs) will complete the program.
Pianist Wolfram Rieger is a regular guest artist at many important music centres and festivals throughout the world, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Châtelet (Paris), London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, and Salzburg. He appears both as recital accompanist and chamber musician with such renowned artists as Brigitte Fassbaender, Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Olaf Bär, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Quasthoff, Peter Schreier and Michael Schade among many others. A prolific recording artist, he is well-represented on numerous CDs, many of which received various awards.