Festival Akademie Lied 2013  studio visuell photography

Festival Academy: Lied

€ 15 day ticket I  € 75 Lied Academy Season Ticket
Free admission for pupils and students
At Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg

In 2015 the Lied Academy focuses on two topics. With his unparalleled familiarity with American song, Thomas Hampson will be devoting his time to this corner of the repertory, which has its origins and musical roots in the European tradition, notably the German Lied. Much admired for his versatility and the range of his repertoire, Thomas Quasthoff will be looking at Lied adaptations, hardly any of which have made it into mainstream recital programmes. Exciting discoveries can safely be anticipated. The Academy Forum will be the central venue for engagement with the Lied in all its material and thematic aspects. Cultural studies expert Jens Malte Fischer and other prominent guests will be supplying background knowledge and factual support, while this year’s grant recipients and other performers will be recounting personal experiences with a bearing on their relationship to the art-song.

In cooperation with Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Special thanks to
Stiftung Heidelberger Frühling

 

 

 

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

amarcord

At the Frühling they perform out in the open, at a “normal” concert hall and (here) in an old swimming baths late at night. But it isn’t just the variety of venues that indicates the range and prodigality of the amarcord ensemble’s musical tastes. The quintet is just as mercurial in its choice of repertory, gliding with apparent nonchalance from one century and style to another. To close their three-concert stint for the Frühling, the five singers offer their Late Lounge audience a programme entitled “Strange Stories and Ballads”, a musical journey that includes such things as arrangements by the legendary Comedian Harmonists. As the amarcord singers can safely be expected to compere the proceedings with their customary wit and charm, this is a Late Night Lounge that could go on until very late indeed.

In cooperation with Frauenbad Heidelberg

 

Jörg Tröger in an interivew with amarcord (German)

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

Amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

amarcord

For over 20 years, the amarcord ensemble has been one of Germany’s most renowned a-cappella formations. It delights audiences all over the world with its vocal perfection, staggering virtuosity and infectious enthusiasm. At their second Heidelberg concert, the five singers initially concentrate on settings of contemplative texts and poems covering a long period of time and a variety of styles ranging from the Persian poet and mystic Rumi to American poetess Emily Dickinson and from the Lebanese-American philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In the second half the ensemble will be performing gospels, spirituals and folksongs from all over the world. The singers have collected them in the course of their joint career and season them with elements from pop music, jazz and classical music.

“Zugabe” Jörg Tröger in conversation with amarcord

The concert will be recorded by
SWR2

 

Jörg Tröger in an interview with amarcord (German)

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

 

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

With amarcord through the Liedstadt Heidelberg

“Full many tread a weary path that takes them to the grave. Eternal spring is the singer’s lot, his heart is merry and brave.” There could hardly be a more fitting motto for the concert by the amarcord ensemble than this little poem by Theodor Körner. The singers invite their audience to follow them from place to place and revel in the infectious “merriment” they so famously exude. At different points on the route of their outdoor promenade concert (in the grounds of Heidelberg Castle and on “Alte Brücke”) they will be performing songs and serenades celebrating joie de vivre, the pleasures of the palate and the spirit of Heidelberg Romanticism.

Meeting place for the musical walk: the Kornmarkt (in front of Palais Prinz Carl, Kornmarkt 1, 69117 Heidelberg)
The walk ends in Heidelberg Castle grounds at about 1 pm.
Please choose your apparel (shoes!) to suit the weather.

Jörg Tröger in an interview with amarcord

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

Thomas Hampson © Kristin Hoebermann

Festival Academy: Lied

After just under two weeks of intensive work with Thomas Hampson and Thomas Quasthoff, the young singers and accompanists assemble for the last time (at least this season) to perform the final concert of the Lied Academy on the stage of the Stadthalle in Heidelberg. Together with Thomas Hampson they will be offering an intriguing bill of fare presenting the fruits of the stimuli they have received from the Lied Academy and underlining the international status of Heidelberg as a centre for the art of song.

€ 15 day ticket I  € 75 Lied Academy Pass
Free admission for pupils and students
At Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg
In cooperation with Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Special thanks to
Stiftung Heidelberger Frühling

 

 

 

Ian Bostridge © Benjamin Ealovega

Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake

“Winterreise”, “Die schöne Müllerin”, “Schwanengesang”. Usually it’s the big Schubert song cycles that we get to hear in the concert hall, making it easy to forget for a moment that the composer wrote some 600 other songs besides. Tenor Ian Bostridge, internationally famed for his Schubert interpretations, has delved into this treasure trove and come up not only with hardy perennials but also a variety of little-known gems from the period 1816 to 1827 that impressively illustrate the way in which Lied composition was a constant component in Schubert’s creative life. With its history as a locus of Romanticism, song and poetry, Heidelberg is uniquely qualified to offer these treasures a forum and enable the festival audiences to immerse themselves in Schubert’s universe.

Ian Bostridge © Benjamin Ealovega

Ian Bostridge

Ian Bostridge’s international recital career has taken him to the Munich, Vienna and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals and to the main stages of Carnegie Hall and La Scala, Milan. He has held artistic residencies including a Carte-Blanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2004/2005), a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall and Hamburg Laeiszhalle. His recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 13 Grammys. Recent recording include ‘Three Baroque Tenors’ with the English Concert and Bernard Labadie, and Britten songs with Antonio Pappano for EMI. He has worked with et al. the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras.

His operatic appearances have included Lysander (‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’) for Opera Australia at the Edinburgh Festival and Tamino (‘Die Zauberflöte’). Current and future plans include visits to several festivals as well as a recital tour of the United States.
In 2003 Ian Bostridge was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the University of St Andrew’s and in 2010 he was made an honorary fellow of St John’s College Oxford. He will be Humanitas Professor of Classical Music at the University of Oxford 2014/2015.