CHRISTIAN GERHAHER. GEROLD HUBER

I was returning to Teatro de la Zarzuela, al Lied cycle co-produced with the CNDM, one of our favorite baritones, Christian Gerhaher, accompanied on the piano by his inseparable Gerold Huber, in what will be a short national tour. After this recital they arrive at the Palau Les Arts in Valencia on 10 February and at the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao on 12 February. All three with this same program.

On this occasion Gerhaher addresses a typically romantic repertoire with the presence of two authors, Robert Schumann y Claude Debussy. Two authors of different characters and textures that have been inserted in the programming. This requires great interpretive solvency to maintain the personality of both composers and that our baritone and his companion perform with extraordinary ease.. Another thing is to think about the success and coherence of this stylistic combination.

The 20 Schumann songs belonging to Six chants, Songs and singing Y Three chants, can be considered as of its later stage. A more relaxed Schubet, less interested in politics, unlike Wagner, that never left her, and more concerned with reaching a wider audience. This was noticed in his music that, although it preserved the quality, ceased to have the initial originality and focused on topical romantic descriptions. For this he used texts by somewhat minor poets, with which he could give prominence to simpler themes.

The nature of these songs showed, as, in the interpretation. Gerhaher outlines them masterfully and with the uniformity they express. So we miss the intensity of works with more depth load. Its emission in these repertoires requires great vocal agility, something Gerhaher owns, and a less baritonal timbre, who also knows how to drive. The result is a flatter recital than others to which the German baritone has us accustomed.

The variety of hues and colors came with Debussy's songs. Six total, Three songs from France Y Trais poemes by Stéphane Mallamé. Small musical delicacies with which Gerhaher demonstrated his vocal versatility and which Huber accompanied masterfully. Here the piano surpassed the voice. Gerhaher knows how to be accompanied by a Huber who knows him perfectly and always enhances the work of the voice.

The applause of an always enthusiastic audience led them to offer two tips. The first a lied of the protagonist of the night, Schumann, and another from Mendelssohn, to conclude this recital of one of the most notable couples in the Lied Cycle.

Photograph (c) Rafa Martin

Christian Gerhaher

He National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM), in co-production with Teatro de la Zarzuela, will present the next Monday 8 February at 19:00h, Christian Gerhaher at XXVII Cycle of Lied. The German baritone will be accompanied on piano by his regular collaborator Gerold Huber.

After its successful passage through this same cycle in numerous previous editions, the last of them last season, Gerhaher will once again demonstrate to the Madrid public why his voice is one of the most requested in lied recitals around the world. According to the critics, Gerhaher owns "a lyrical baritone voice, velvety, and a commendable ability to concentrate in the interpretation to express to the maximum the beauty that poetry and music contain ".

This evening, and in perfect symbiosis with his head pianist, will face a program in which lieder of Robert Schumann (Six songs on. 107, Songs and chants op. 96 Y Songs and chants op. 83) along with chansons of Claude Debussy (Three songs from France Y Three poems by Stéphane Mallarmé).

Tickets for this concert, with a General price 8 a 35 euros, and are on sale at the box office of Teatro de La Zarzuela, INAEM theaters, ticketsinaem.es and 902 22 49 49 | 91 193 93 21.

An upward vocal career

Christian Gerhaher studied with Paul Kuen and Raimund Grumbach at the Opera Academy of the Musikhochsule in Munich, and together with his regular companion Gerold Huber he studied lied with Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies he perfected his vocal technique in master classes with Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf e Inge Borkh. He is currently an honorary professor at the Musikhochsule in Munich.. He has received the Maximilian Order of Sciences and Arts, and title Bayerischer Kammersänger. In 2016 He was awarded the Heidelberger Spring Prize. Performs frequently on international stages, and New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Cologne and Berlin, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna and the Wigmore Hall in London. He is also a regular guest at festivals such as the Rheingau Music, London Proms, Festivals Edinburgh and Lucerne and Salzburg Festival. For two seasons he has focused particularly on lied recitals, with five different programs with Gerold Huber in Salzburg, Milan, Munich, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Paris, London, Madrid and Schwarzenberg, as well as a tour of the United States. The season ended with performances by Magelone the Brahms and Heidelberg, London and Munich, of which an album was recorded in the spring of 2019. In addition to its activity in concert and recital, has received several operatic awards such as the Laurence Olivier and the Der Faust. A milestone in his career was his debut in the title role of Wozzeck the mountains 2015 at the Zurich Opera House, with scenery by Andreas Homoki and direction by Fabio Luisi. In 2016/17 sang in two productions at the Bavarian Opera, as Posa in Don Carlo y como Wolfram von Eschenbach en Tannhäuser with Kirill Petrenko. In 2017/18 performed at the Munich Festival as Amfortas in Parsifal and in Zurich as Nikolaus Lenau at the premiere of Lunea, Heinz Holliger. He has acted alongside directors like Harnoncourt, Rattle, Blomstedt, Nagano, Jansons, Harding, Haitink and Thielemann in the main halls of the world. As a Sony Music exclusive artist, he has recorded with Gerold Huber several Schumann cycles and all Schubert cycles., among others. He has also recorded with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Cleveland, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Concentus Musicus Wien.

Gerold Huber, piano rigor

Gerold Huber studied piano with Friedemann Berger at the Musikhochschule in Munich and attended lied master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin. In 1998 was awarded the Prix International Pro Musicis with Christian Gerhaher. Gerold Huber gives master classes and, since 2013, is lied accompaniment teacher at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg. Gerold Huber has performed at renowned festivals and major concert halls such as: Concert Society Viena, Wigmore Hall London and Bavarian State Opera in Munich, accompanying Christian Gerhaher, Christina Landshamer, Franz-Josef Selig, Mojca Erdmann, Diana Damrau, Ruth Ziesak, Maximillian Schmitt, Christiane Karg y Rolando Villazon, among others. Gerold Huber's el director artístico de Pollinger Days of Old and New Music. All of Gerold Huber's recordings with Christian Gerhaher have been released by the Sony Classical label and have received various awards.. The CD “Schubert - Nachtviolen” won the Gramophone Award in 2015.

Mahler He had said "I statelessness in triplicate: native of Bohemia in Austria, Austrian among Germans and Jews worldwide. Always an intruder, never welcome ", he was a prisoner of the time he lived. Viennese decadence and imperialism entered step opened new artistic currents, intellectual and philosophical, encabezas by Klimt, Olbrich, Hoffmann steel or Freud, his personal friend.

It took to reach him recognition. The originality of the compositions, on the one hand, and the rise of Nazism in Germany and Austria on the other, They made their work was classified as "degenerate". Add to that the anti-Semitic atmosphere joined the Viennese society of the time that, after a press campaign aimed at their expulsion from the Vienna State Opera, He succeeded in making 1907 Marler moved to New York, where he led the Metropolitan Opera between 1908 Y 1910. The following year return to Vienna where he died 18 of May, suffering from a serious illness.

After World War II, two of their brightest students, Bruno Waltter y Otto Klemperer, They began distributing his work, after more than 50 years of indifference.

Great admirer of Wagner, He had tried unsuccessfully to compose opera, but if he developed a brilliant career as a composer of symphonies and orchestral lieder. Although it is two different genres, Mahler is not understood without each other. Throughout his compositional career, both genders fed off. From 1890, Mahler orchestrated all songs, providing them with a symphonic entity notably enriched his vocal music.

The Teatro de la Zarzuela dedicated XXVI Lied two complete series of works by Gustav Mahler Lied. In this first installment are interpreted Llieder a moving join (1884-1885), Wayfarer songs. This was the first song cycle as such, he composed at the end of his stormy affair with the soprano Johanna Richter, while he was director of the opera house in Kassel, Germany.

Lieder accompanied by piano should not be considered minor work. Mahler was an extraordinary pianist and is the absolute knowledge of the instrument, with clarity and perfection he sought in his compositions, which they make these voice and piano versions are treated as an orchestrated version, full of nuances and symphonic textures.

Christian Gerhaher y Gerold Huber raise its peak the term interpenetration. Both were students of the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, note what, among other things, in faithful interpretation made. Dieskau thought that Mahler not have to read between the lines, "Observing only his instructions exactly can be demonstrated fully the art of Mahler".

Gerhaher modulated his voice to provide a clearer record, closer to its natural tenor baritone. He demonstrated once again its ability to articulate, to say the outline and exact verse with a refined and smooth voice. As usual, without stylistic ornaments. Done accurately the journey to the depths in the interpretation of lieder. No one as he goes through the different characters and demands that contain these song cycles. Dota expressive of deep intimacy Songs of Wayfarer, where nothing is accessory. then flows into Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The wonderful horn Boy) and voice rises with roundness conclusive.

The grand finale came with a deep understanding of Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children). Not abandon elegance never, or is carried away by the drama, but it gives each one of these songs an abyssal intensity and always sober.

A great start to this traditional Lied CNDM and Teatro de la Zarzuela. Definitely, the quality of this cycle is already a very important cultural heritage for Madrid. It sets an example.

Photograph: Elvira Megías

He National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM) and the Teatro de la Zarzuela they inaugurate the next Monday 30 of September he XXVI Ciclo the Song. Chosen to open this edition are German baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber, one of the most successful and outstanding duos on the leadership scene actual, who will present the first part of a monograph dedicated to Gustav Mahler. The second round of this program will be held on 13 of January of 2020.

With ten concerts scheduled for September 2019 to June 2020, this season the most important lyrical voices of today will visit the Lied cycle, with varied and suggestive programs of great musical interest. Matthias Goerne, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Christoph Prégardien, Simon Keenlyside, Manuel Walser, Ian Bostridge, Anna Lucia Richter Y Marlis Petersen, will interpret Schubert, Schumann, Shostakóvich, Strauss, Wolf, Brahms Y Wagner, among others. They will be accompanied on stage by pianists of the stature of Julius Drake, Gerold Huber, Alexander Schmalcz, Mac McClure, Caroline Dowdle, Igor Levit O Stephan Matthias Lademann.

Tickets for all concerts, with a general price 8 a 35 euros, and are on sale at the box office of Teatro de La Zarzuela, INAEM network of theaters, 902 22 49 49 Y entradasinaem.es.

Two quotes for Mahler

According to Luis Suñén in the hand program: “Has Christian Gerhaher ever said that his highest aspiration as a singer is to get deep into the interpretation of the German art song”. As part of this aspiration, the Bavarian baritone will reel off the Liederistic language of Gustav Mahler in two sessions: during the opening appointment of the cycle (30 of September) and early next year (13 from January 2020). In this first recital, Gerhaher and Huber will introduce us to the Mahlerian world closest to the popular tradition through the legendary cycles Songs of a traveling fellow (Wayfarer's Lieder) Y Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The boy with the magic trunk) (selection), as well as in the hallucinatory lyricism of the Kindertotenlieder (Songs of the dead children).

during his medicine studies, baritone Christian Gerhaher (Straubing, Germany, 1969) perfected his vocal training in the classes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf e Inge Borkh. Gerhaher attended the Munich School of Music and Theater and, with his usual pianist, Gerold Huber, She studied acting with Friedemann Berger and he received singing lessons Paul Küen y Raimund Grumbach.

His exemplary interpretations of lieder by Huber have created school. Both perform frequently on international stages, as in the Lincoln Center of NY, el Concertgebouw de Amsterdam, the Philharmonie de Colonia and Berlin, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein of Vienna or the Wigmore Hall London, among others. Gerhaher is also a regular guest at festivals such as the Rheingau Music, London Proms, the festivals of Edinburgh Y Lucerne and the Festival of Salzburg. Last season, focusing particularly on recitals lied, presented five different programs with Gerold Huber in Salzburg, Milan, Munich, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Paris, London, Madrid Y Schwarzenberg, as well as in a US tour. It is an exclusive artist for Sony Classical. Assiduous interpreter CNDM, Gerhaher has participated in twelve editions of the Lied Cycle at the Teatro de la Zarzuela.

Photograph: Christian Gerhaher © Sony_Gregor Hohenberg

Gerhaher y Huber

It started in the Teatro de la Zarzuela the celebrated Lied Cycle which jointly organizes with the National Center for Dissemination of Music. This season, Besides, celebrates 25 year cycle. And to start in style, Christian Gerhaher and his alter ego at the piano, Gerold Huber, have delighted everyone with swansong, Franz Schubert.

swansong (The swan song), It is made up of texts by different authors and they have nothing in common between them, unlike the other two Schubert cycles, the beautiful Miller (The beautiful molinera) y Winterreise (Winter trip), that we have had the opportunity to hear in previous seasons in the voice of Matthias Goerne and Gerhaher himself. The one that concerns us today was published posthumously by editor Tobias Haslinger who, after the composer's death, negotiated the purchase of the drafts of the last songs composed by Schubert with his brother Ferdinand. 14 unreleased songs with piano accompaniment that do not form a corpus, like the two previously mentioned, but whose quality leaves no doubt.

Gerhaher and Huber form a perfect binomial for the nostalgia from which to start towards the texts of Fridrich Rückert and Heinrich Heine. Two of the main romantic references of the time that were put to music by an already knowledgeable Schubert, at that time, of the proximity of his death. The swansong son un set of songs that pass between joy and sadness produced, mainly, for love situations enjoyed, as Love message, (Love message) or torn, as The Atlas (The atlas).

Gerhaher flees any expressive eloquence. Only give up discretion when her voice rises, firm and resounding, carried away by the drama of the moment, like in stay (Resting place). But always from an elegant and unalterable interpretive hermeticism that does not need to convey the eloquence of Rükert's texts, Ellstab, Heine y Seidl.

Gerold Huber, who handles the pedal like nobody else, always walk parallel to Gerhaher, recreating a nuanced atmosphere and precisely linked to the baritone voice. Between the two they form an indissoluble tandem.

A romantic and exquisite evening at a Teatro de la Zarzuela that this time hosted a large number of young fans. Let's hope they consolidate. Not in vain, the Teatro de la Zarzuela is making a notable effort to make this happen.

Christian Gerhaher

The cycle, which marks a quarter century this year, She has joined two indispensable names in the genre for the occasion: Gerhaher y Schubert.

This is a musical series co-production between the National Broadcasting Music Center and the Teatro de la Zarzuela and will run September 2018 to June 2019.

Christian Gerhaher interpret the song cycle swansong by Franz Schubert along with other works of the Austrian genius, accompanied by piano Gerold Huber.

In addition to Gerhaher in this twenty-fifth edition will pass through Madrid lyrical other international stars like Ekaterina Semenchuck, Franz-Josep Selig, Ainhoa ​​Arteta, Adrianne Pieczonka, Sarah Connolly, Andre Schuen, Bernarda Fink, Thomas Quasthoff, Florian Boesch, Michaek Schade y Dorothea Röschmann.

Madrid, 6 September 2018.- The next Tuesday 11 of September he National Dissemination Center Musical (CNDM) XXV opens Lied at the Teatro de La Zarzuela, who coproduced.Chosen to open this edition are German baritone Christian Gerhaher with pianist Gerold Huber, one of the most successful tandem of world Lied, which will play a monograph on Franz Schubert, key composer of the genre. tickets for all concerts, with a general price 8 a 35 euros, and are on sale at the box office of Teatro de La Zarzuela, INAEM theaters, www.entradasinaem.es Y 902 22 49 49

With ten concerts scheduled September 2018 to June 2019, visit again this year cycle the most important lyrical voices today: since Ekaterina Semenchuck a Thomas Quasthoff, going by Franz-Josep Selig, Adrianne Pieczonka, Sarah Connolly, Andre Schuen, Bernarda Fink, Florian Boesch, Michael Schade Y Dorothea Röschmann, a large group including doorbells, extensions, characters and styles of various kinds and programs always full of interest, with Songs and songs of diverse sign.

Meanwhile, soprano Ainhoa ​​Arteta premiere magical path, song cycle commissioned by the CNDM to the composer Lorenzo Palomo, on the occasion of this special anniversary.

Gerhaher: technical excitement of Lied

Christian Gerhaher (Straubing, Germany, 1969) studied with Paul Kuen and Raimund Grumbach at the Opera Academy of the Musikhochsule in Munich and, along with his regular accompanist Gerold Huber, Song con Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies he perfected his vocal technique in master classes with Fischer-Dieskau, Inge Elisabeth Schwarzkopf y Borkh. He is currently an honorary professor at the Musikhochsule in Munich.. He has received the Maximilian Order of Sciences and Arts, and title Bayerischer Kammersänger. In 2016 He was awarded the Heidelberger Spring Prize. Together with Gerold Huber he frequently performs on international stages, and New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Cologne and Berlin, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna and the Wigmore Hall in London.

He is also a regular guest at festivals such as the Rheingau Music, Proms, Festivals Edinburgh and Lucerne and Salzburg Festival. This season he focuses particularly on lied recitals, with five different programs with Gerold Huber in Salzburg, Milan, Munich, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Paris, London, Madrid and Schwarzenberg, as well as a tour of the United States. The season will end with performances by Magelone the Brahms and Heidelberg, London and Munich, of which an album will be recorded in spring. In addition to its activity in concert and recital, has received several operatic awards such as the Laurence Olivier and the Der Faust. A milestone in his career was his debut in the title role of Wozzeck the mountains 2015 at the Zurich Opera House, with scenery by Andreas Homoki and direction by Fabio Luisi. In 2016/17 sang in two productions at the Bavarian Opera, as Posa in Don Carlo y como Wolfram von Eschenbach en Tannhäuser con Kirill Petrenko. In 2017/18 performed at the Munich Festival as Amfortas in Parsifal and in Zurich as Nikolaus Lenau at the premiere of Lunea, Heinz Holliger. He has acted alongside directors like Harnoncourt, Rattle, Blomstedt, Nagano, Jansons, Harding, Haitink and Thielemann in the main halls of the world. In season 2016/17 performed on tour with the Mahler Youth Orchestra, and for the first time with Philippe Jordan, sang with Daniel Harding a program with Berg's Altenberg Lieder, arias and Schubert The summer nights Berlioz, he performed as a guest with the Berlin Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink, with the Academy of Santa Cecilia de Roma and Antonio Pappano, as well as with the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano. As a Sony Music exclusive artist, he has recorded with Gerold Huber several Schumann cycles and all Schubert cycles., among others. He has also recorded with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Cleveland, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Concentus Musicus Wien.

Gerhaher-Huber

Extraordinary recital which offered last 21 December the German baritone Christian Gerhaher, accompanied by his faithful pianist Gerold Huber, at Teatro de la Zarzuela.

The first thing that catches the eye is its light color voice, rare in a baritone. This quality allows him to reach high notes with ease and lightness. The route of your records is large, the perfect diction, variety of shades. Capable of expressing soft but intense drama, as demonstrated in the Kindertotenlieder (Songs for dead children) that were not programmed, but that he offered to replace the Rückert-Lieder.

A clear voice, Elegant, expressive, subtle. With impeccable lines and discreet expressiveness. Always masterfully accompanied on piano by Gerold Huber, with which he forms a perfect team. Huber's exquisiteness at the piano contributes and accompanies, accentuating or filling with nuances or energy the requirements of each song and Gerhaher.

If Gerhaher's highest aspiration is the deepening of the interpretation of the German art song, your way in this direction is, unequivocally, impeccable.

Teatro de la Zarzuela 21-12-14
National Center for Dissemination of Music (CNDM)
XXI Ciclo de Lied
Christian Gerhaher, baritone
Gerold Huber, piano

Gustasv Mahler (1860-1911)
Songs of a Wayfarer (Songs of the Wandering Apprentice)
The boy's horn (The Boy's Wonderful Notebook)
Kindertotenlieder (Songs for dead children)