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)