Benjamin Appl, baritone
James Baillieu, piano

“Appl sounds as if singing is his most natural mode of expression…he has an extraordinarily beautiful voice” (BBC Music).

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Sunday

Apr 25, 2021

3:00PM
Video on Demand April 25-27
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About the Artist

Having been mentored by the legendary Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau, German baritone Benjamin Appl is “not only a singer of boundless promise, he is already a great artist… Appl sounds as if singing is his most natural mode of expression…he has an extraordinarily beautiful voice” (BBC Music).

Named Gramophone’s 2016 Young Artist of the Year, Appl sings with “an almost infinite range of colors” (Suddeutsche Zeitung) as well as “an exacting attention to text, the charisma of a seasoned storyteller and an agile voice” (The New York Times).

In his 2019 New York recital debut, “Benjamin Appl demonstrated that he is a consummate artist. For anyone who hadn’t heard the baritone before, this was a huge discovery. He is one to keep an eye out for in years to come” (Operawire).

Program

Concert Program

PART I

PROLOGUE

Antonín Dvořák – “Going Home” (Fisher) from Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” Op. 95

ROOTS

Franz Schubert – Seligkeit (Hölty), D. 433

Hugo Wolf – Er ist’s (Mörike)

Johannes Brahms – Wiegenlied (Volkslied), Op. 49 No. 1

PLACES

Franz Schubert – Der Einsame (Lappe) D. 800

Johannes Brahms – Mondnacht (Eichendorff), Op 3 No. 5

Franz Schreker – Waldeinsamkeit (Arnold)

PEOPLE

Johannes Brahms – Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund (folk song)

Richard Strauss – Allerseelen (Gilm), Op. 10 No. 8

Franz Schubert – Nachtstück (Mayrhofer) D. 672

VOYAGE

Franz Schubert – Drang in die Ferne (Leitner), D. 770

Franz Schubert – Der Wanderer an den Mond (Seidl) D. 870

Adolf Strauss – Ich weiß bestimmt, ich wird’ dich wiedersehen (Hift)

 

PART II

LONGING

Franz Schubert – Das Heimweh (Hell), D. 456

Franz Schubert – Der Wanderer (Schmidt), D. 489

BOUNDLESS

Francis Poulenc – Hyde Park (Apollinaire), FP 127 No. 2

Benjamin Britten – Greensleeves (folk song)

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Silent Noon (Rosetti)

Henry Rowley Bishop – Home, Sweet Home (Payne)

Peter Warlock – My Own Country (Belloc)

Peter Warlock – The Bachelor (Anonymous)

John Ireland – If There Were Dreams to Sell (Beddoes)

EPILOGUE

Edvard Grieg – Six German Lieder, Op. 48

  Gruß (Heine)

  Dereinst, Gedanke mein (Geibel)

  Lauf der Welt (Uhland)

  Die verschwiegene Nachtigall (von der Vogelweide)

  Zur Rosenzeit (Goethe)

  Ein Traum (Bodenstedt)

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