Werke by Francis Poulenc, Reynaldo Hahn, Joseph Canteloube, Franz Schubert and Hanns Eisler
Through the present day they speak of “the lied” in England, “il lied” in Italy and “le lied” in France. Nonetheless, music lovers know that solo singing accompanied by piano is by no means a German invention. France in particular looks back on an equally long and proud tradition of lied compositions. In the national language, however, these are usually designated as “mélodie” or “romance” – all the more whenever it was necessary to defend them against musical influences from Germany.
Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, celebrated as an opera singer around the world, has long ago also made a name for herself as a lieder singer, namely as a curious and stylistically confident lied interpreter. At her lieder recital in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie she will be tracing, in the scope of a carefully constructed programme, the various interdependencies to which the lied was exposed in France and Germany in the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century.
In this concert, Francis Poulenc’s and Reynaldo Hahn’s typically Parisian esprit and Joseph Canteloube’s compositional reverences to the folk music of southern France encounter compositions by Franz Schubert as well as Brecht settings by Hanns Eisler. The programme is rounded off with chamber music works of this German and French composers.