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Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten
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Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten

Benjamin Appl

Label: Champs Hill
Format: CD
Barcode: 5060212591159
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Catalog number: CHRCD 112
Releasedate: 29-04-16
-  a BBC New Generation Artist, baritone Benjamin Appl makes his Champs Hill debut with a disc of lieder by Grieg, Rubinstein, Schubert, Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn and Schumann

- Benjamin Appl was greatly influenced by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who mentored and taught him as his last private student until
his death in May 2012

Currently a BBC New Generation Artist, baritone Benjamin Appl makes his Champs Hill debut with a disc of lieder by Grieg, Rubinstein, Schubert, Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn and Schumann. All composers set words by Heinrich Heine, one of the most contraversial literary figures of the last 200 years, whose texts still have surprising relevance today.

Benjamin Appl says: “Many of the songs recorded here have become familiar to me over a long period: I programmed Schumann’s Dichterliebe for my very first recital in 2006, unaware of its challenges and rather reckless of me, in retrospect. From the very beginning its musical and poetic language drove me and absorbed me. At the other extreme other songs, such as the lovely op 32 by Anton Rubinstein I discovered much more recently.”

Benjamin Appl was greatly influenced by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who mentored and taught him as his last private student until
his death in May 2012. An accomplished performer in opera and beyond, he is an extablished recitalist, performing in Carnegie Hall and the Wigmore Hall, where he was named as an ‘emerging artist’ in 2015.

Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’ James Baillieu is a prize-winner of the Wigmore Hall and Das Lied International Song Competitions, and the Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2010 and in 2012 received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust Award.

German baritone Benjamin Appl studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he worked with Rudolf Piernay. He was greatly influenced by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who mentored and taught him as his last private student until his death in May 2012. He is a member of the Yehudi-Menuhin-Foundation Live Music Now and recipient of many awards, including the 2012 Schubert Prize awarded by the Deutsche-Schubert Gesellschaft.

As an established recitalist he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia, Rheingau and Oxford Lieder festivals, deSingel Antwerp, Heidelberger Frühling, and with Graham Johnson at the KlavierFestival Ruhr. He is regularly invited to give recitals at the Wigmore Hall and at the Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg. He took part in the BBC Radio 3 Schubert Week with Graham Johnson and has recorded Mendelssohn, Schumann and Schubert discs with Malcolm Martineau.

Opera appearances include La Bohème (Schaunard) with the Munich Radio Orchestra under Ulf Schirmer and Carl Orff’s Die Kluge (König) in Munich, Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke) in Regensburg, Eötvös’s Tri Sestri (Baron Tusenbach) for the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Owen Wingrave (title role) at the Banff Festival, Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas) at Aldeburgh, and a new commission for Bregenz Festival (Das Leben am Rande der Milchstraße by Bernhard Gander).

In concert he has appeared with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh, Sir Roger Norrington, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart and Helmuth Rilling, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and on multiple occasions with the major BBC orchestras. He made his BBC Proms debut in September 2015 singing Brahms’ Triumphlied with Marion Alsop conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and only a few days later Orff’s Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall London.

Benjamin Appl was accepted for the BBC New Generation Artists scheme until the end of 2016, as well as becoming an ECHO Rising Stars artist, appearing in recital at the major venues throughout Europe. The Wigmore Hall in London has named him a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist in 2015.