The two are masters of their craft: baritone Matthias Goerne, who is brilliant on the opera stage, and Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski. They will be performing jointly in the series “Singers – The World of Vocal Music”, interpreting one of the most significant lieder cycles of the romantic era: the Liederkreis op. 39 that Robert Schumann composed inspired by his beloved Clara.
From Myrthen op. 25: No. 15 Aus den hebräischen Gesängen (»Mein Herz ist schwer«)
From Sechs Gedichte op. 36: No. 5 Dichters Genesung, No. 6 Liebesbotschaft
Liederkreis op. 39
Liederkreis op. 24
Chamber Music Hall
Introduction: 7:00 pm
In February 1840 Robert Schumann wrote to his future wife Clara that he had “composed nearly 27 pages of music” within one day – without exception, lieder with piano! In a torrent of creativity he committed to paper more than half of his lied compositions in the following month and professed what “bliss it is to write for voice.” Besides the Liederkreis op. 24 based on poems from Heinrich Heine’s Buch der Lieder, in his “lieder year” 1840 Schumann also set texts of various poets in Myrthen op. 25, as well as other cycles like the Liederkreis op. 39 based on poems by Joseph von Eichendorff, and Dichterliebe op. 48, again based on Heine.
The centre of this lieder recital in the Umsungen– The World of Vocal Music series will be the Liederkreis op. 39, later subjected to a revision by Schumann; the programme will be rounded off with selected lieder by the composer. For this small “Schumanniade” a dream team can be experienced on the stage of the Chamber Music Hall! Baritone Matthias Goerne, who has been a standout on the opera stage in roles from Mozart to Reimann, has also since the beginning of his career been considered one of the most important lied interpreters. His musical partner at the piano is Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski, whose Schumann album was critically acclaimed as “one of the most exciting and discerning” contributions to the Schumann anniversary in 2010.