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Romantically German

Live from Wigmore Hall, London, baritone Benjamin Appl and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout perform German Romantic songs by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Zelter and Loewe.

Live from Wigmore Hall, London, the BBC's longest-running chamber music series kicks off another season with a recital by German baritone (and former Radio 3 New Generation Artist) Benjamin Appl and South African fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout. Together they perform some lesser-known treasures of the German Romantic song repertory, including works by Felix Mendelssohn, Carl Friedrich Zelter and Carl Loewe, as well as Schumann's darkly powerful cycle of songs composed to texts by the poet Nikolaus Lenau. Schumann added a 'Requiem' (with words by Goethe) under the mistaken impression that Lenau was dead, but bizarrely heard the news of his actual death on the day the songs were first performed.

Presented by Andrew McGregor.

Schumann: Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt; Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass; An die Türen will ich schleichen
Mendelssohn: An die Entfernte; Schilflied; Frühlingslied
Zelter: Harfenspieler I-III
Loewe: Herr Oluf; Hinkende Jamben; Tom der Reimer
Schumann: 6 Gedichte von Nikolaus Lenau & Requiem, Op 90

Benjamin Appl (baritone)
Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt Op. 98a No. 6

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Robert Schumann

    Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass Op. 98a No. 4

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Robert Schumann

    An die Türen will ich schleichen Op. 98a No. 8

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    An die Entfernte Op. 71 No. 3

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Schilflied Op. 71 No. 4

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Frühlingslied Op. 47 No. 3

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Carl Friedrich Zelter

    Einsamkeit (Harfenspieler I)

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Carl Friedrich Zelter

    Harfenspieler II

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Carl Friedrich Zelter

    Klage (Harfenspieler III)

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Carl Loewe

    Herr Oluf Op. 2 No. 2

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Carl Loewe

    Hinkende Jamben

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Carl Loewe

    Tom der Reimer Op. 135a

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Robert Schumann

    6 Poems of Nikolaus Lenau and Requiem Op. 90

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Auf Flugeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

    Performer: Benjamin Appl. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.

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