The British tenor Ian Bostridge is one of the most versatile Lieder singers of our day, and he is a frequent guest at our philharmonic concerts. At this recital, accompanied on the piano by Lars Vogt, he will combine Robert Schumann’s romantic “Liederkreis” and the unfathomable Lieder und Gesänge op. 32 by Johannes Brahms with Charles Ives’s impudent “Memories”.
Memories: a) Very Pleasant; b) Rather Sad
9 Songs op. 32
Liederkreis op. 35, Zwölf Gedichte von Justinus Kerner
Introduction: 7:00 pm
The British tenor Ian Bostridge, born in London in 1964, is one of the most versatile Lieder singers of our day, and he is returning to the stage of the Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie as part of the series Umsungen – The World of Vocal Music. In addition to a considerable number of opera roles, Bostridge’s repertoire includes Lied compositions from more than four centuries. Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his engagement, and he rouses both press and audiences to enthusiasm for his interpretations, which seem polished and spontaneous in equal measure.
His piano partner for this recital is Lars Vogt, a German pianist born in Düren in 1970; he has made a name for himself around the world not only as a Brahms specialist but also as an exquisite chamber musician and vocal accompanist. The two musicians have chosen Charles Ives’s impudent Memories, Johannes Brahms’s Nine Songs op. 32 based on poems by August von Platen and Georg Friedrich Daumer, as well as Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 35 based on texts by Justinus Kerner. Thematically, this sensitively compiled combination of Lieder – sometimes dreamy, sometimes melancholy, now and then, however, charmingly witty – is (almost) all about love. How could it be otherwise?