An die ferne Geliebte
with Thomas Hampson

In this Beethoven-year, Amsterdam Sinfonietta brings a loving musical programme with famous baritone Thomas Hampson. Alongside a pining song cycle by Beethoven, we play new arrangements of songs by Richard Strauss.

Thomas Hampson is one of the leading baritones in the United States and enjoys international renown as an interpreter of the classical art song. In the past he has joined Amsterdam Sinfonietta on tour in Europe, including appearances in the major concert halls of Dublin, Madrid, Vienna and Lisbon. We also recently teamed up to create the well-received ‘Tides of Life’ CD. Now we join forces again, for a Romantic and late-Romantic programme with love as a main theme, featuring songs by Richard Strauss in new arrangements. Also on the programme is Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, a song cycle permeated with longing. Hanns Eisler completed his Ernste Gesänge just a few weeks before his sudden death. In this work he departed from his militant and activistic musical style – composing a piece for the ‘romantic’ string orchestra was already an unprecedented step for him. Titles such as Traurigkeit and Verzweiflung recall Wagner’s compelling Prelude from Tristan und Isolde.

‘It’s not only the singing of baritone Thomas Hampson, on top form, that makes this recital so enjoyable; it’s the affectionate new string arrangements, joyously played by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta’

~The Guardian over Tides of Life (*****)

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