Baritone Benjamin Appl on life as a lieder singer. Featured music and performers include works by Britten and Poulenc, and singers Veronique Gens, Felicity Lott and Nicolai Gedda.
Baritone Benjamin Appl delves into the great treasure trove of German Lieder, French melodies and English art song. He finds music and lyrics which he matches in a very down-to-earth way to his everyday experience as a Lieder singer in the 21st century. In this programme he talks about the problem of singing competitions, where to find inspiration, the dangers of imitating idols, the skills a Lieder singer needs and he asks why there is only a handful of female accompanists. Includes songs by Britten, Schubert and Poulenc. Features singers such as Veronique Gens, Theresa Berganza, Peter Pears, Felicity Lott and Nicolai Gedda.