He gave his Philharmonic debut in December 2003 with the baritone solo in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem; he later conquered the Berlin audience in performances of Robert Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew and JohnPassions and Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande:we are talking about Christian Gerhaher, who was Artist in Residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2013/14 season. That year, there was also an opportunity to experience the baritone as a sensitive and expressive lied singer when he interpreted Franz Schubert’s cycles Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise.
Gerhaher will perform this lieder recital with his pianist Gerold Huber, with whom he has been working since his student days. The singer, who has won numerous awards for his lied recordings, will provide a select taste of his stylistic versatility – after all, the programme includes music ranging from the first grand master in the compositional genre of the Lied, Franz Schubert, to Hugo Wolf and Alban Berg, to Wolfgang Rihm, thus extending into the present day.
After concluding his studies at the Academy of Music in Munich, Gerhaher added the interpretational finishing touches that make it possible to master such a diverse song recital in the first place in Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s master classes. To the present day, he is one of Gerhaher’s greatest role models – and, not without good reason, he is sometimes compared with him.