Tiroler Festspiele Erl - Helmut Deutsch
"Is the German song dead? No, it's not dead. Only those singers have become rare who can still bring life to such an unromantic time. A text that may have been written recently. It is, however, from a review of the young Fischer-Dieskau, written in 1952, i.e. at the very beginning of what is probably the most glorious era of song singing in Germany and Austria: Schwarzkopf, Hotter, Seefried, Wunderlich, Prey, Ludwig, Schreier, Fassbaender - to name but a few. That song recitals are hard to sell, that the song is a dying art form - I have been aware of these remarks since the beginning of my professional career. But I do not see things so black. The essential prerequisite for enjoying a song recital, however, is intensive listening. If you let your thoughts wander for a few minutes in great instrumental works and even more so in operas lasting several hours, it is probably not exactly what the composer dreamed of. But one can leave the "Meistersinger" after four and a half hours in a happy mood, even if one has not really heard every bar. In a song, however, the whole cornucopia of emotions, thoughts and images is usually released in a few minutes. It immediately takes revenge if you lose concentration on text and music even for a few moments; at best, you have heard a nice piece of music, but not really grasped and experienced the song. So songs are certainly not good for a musical sprinkling; you have to listen carefully so that this world opens up completely. But here it is not so difficult, because the evening with the three wonderful singers brings a very different abundance of pearls of the art of song. Let yourself be enchanted!
Piano Helmut Deutsch
Soprano Clara Thomsen
Soprano Felicitas Fox
Mezzo-soprano Stefanie Irányi