Young Artist of the Year: Benjamin Appl
For the past few years, British music-lovers have been aware of a major new singing talent in their midst, Benjamin Appl. Listeners to BBC Radio 3 have had a particularly privileged ring-side seat as this young German baritone was a New Generation Artist for the class of 2014-2016; but he's an increasingly visible figure on the concert scene, and once seen – tall, blond, handsome and with a commanding stage presence – he's not easily forgotten. The last private pupil of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (there's a YouTube clip of the two baritones, nearly a half century apart in age, working on Lieder together), Appl has been named an ECHO Rising Star and, earlier this year, he signed a contract with Sony Classical, the first fruits of which will appear early next year.
Appl has appeared on a number of recordings, often alongside other singers – in the Mendelssohn song series with the pianist Malcolm Martineau for Champs Hill or in songs by Schumann alongside Ann Murray for Linn ("With clear, incisive diction, he characterises vividly in the narrative Ballade des Harfners’ and catches both the Lear-like weariness of soul and the accusatory bitterness of ‘Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt’", wrote Richard Wigmore in March last year). But 2016 saw the appearance of his first two solo recordings.
Champs Hill's May release, entitled "Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten", linked Schumann's song-cycle Dichterliebe with other songs to words by Heine. As Richard Fairman wrote, "Appl has a baritone voice with its own character and a natural appreciation of the essentials of singing Lieder". Barely a month passed before his next disc, a Wigmore Hall Live recording – with Graham Johnson at the piano (Appl has worked with just about every major accompanist on the British scene) – of Lieder by Schubert. Hugo Shirley, who reviewed it, felt a marked advance even on that first disc: "His instinctive feel for these songs is immediately striking and manifests itself in the sort of artlessness that distinguishes the finest Lieder singers: a lack of tension, an easy relationship with the poetry, a confidence in the words and Schubert's melodies to communicate with nothing but the gentlest helping interpretative hand".
This young singer has huge potential and we look forward to following the exciting journey that lies ahead. As Richard Fairman concluded, in his May review: "Sample his debut solo disc and you will hear the current front-runner in the next generation of Lieder singers".
Source: James Jolly (gramophone.co.uk)
Στο πλαίσιο των Ειδικών Βραβείων Γκράμοφον 2016, το Βραβείο του Νέου Καλλιτέχνη της Χρονιάς απονεμήθηκε στον 34χρονο Γερμανό βαρύτονο Benjamin Appl.
|Photo by Benjamin Ealovega|
German baritone Benjamin Appl studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich and the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding, and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He was the last private pupil of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, has worked with Edith Wiens and continues his studies with Rudolf Piernay. 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 Deutsches Schubert Gesellschaft.
In concert he has appeared with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart and Helmuth Rilling and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. As an established recitalist he performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia, Rheingau and Oxford Lieder festivals, de Singel Antwerp, Heidelberger Frühling, and with Graham Johnson at the KlavierFestival Ruhr and Wigmore Hall. He took part in the BBC Radio 3 Schubert Week and has recorded Mendelssohn and Schumann lieder with Malcolm Martineau. Benjamin's many appearances with the Schubertiade Festival include a 'Liederabend', accompanied by Helmut Deutsch, and performances of Die schöne Müllerin with Martin Stadtfeld and Graham Johnson.
Recent opera appearances include Il mondo della luna (Ernesto) in Augsburg, La Bohème (Schaunard) and Carl Orff's Die Kluge in Munich, Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke) in Regensburg, Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème with the Munich Radio Orchestra under Ulf Schirmer, Eötvös's Tri Sestri (Baron Tusenbach) for the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Count in Le nozze di Figaro at the GSMD, Owen Wingrave (title role) at the Banff Festival, Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas) in Aldeburgh, and a new commission for the Bregenz Festival (Das Leben am Rande der Milchstraße by Bernhard Gander).
This season Benjamin's recitals include appearances at the Schubertiade Festival, Wigmore Hall and deSingel Antwerp with Graham Johnson, and for the Lille Opera with Simon Lepper. In concert he will perform Bach's St Matthew Passion under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington and Bach's Magnificat with the Choir of King's College Cambridge and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In opera Benjamin repeats the performances of Das Leben am Rande der Milchstraße at the Wiener Konzerthaus and will sing his first Guglielmo for the Limoges Opera.
We are delighted that Benjamin Appl has been accepted for the BBC New Generation Artists scheme until the end of 2016, and that during the 2015/2016 season he will also be an ECHO Rising Stars artist, appearing in recital at the major venues throughout Europe.
Interview with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Benjamin Appl. Meet Benjamin as he talks about how he began his career and what it takes to lead the life of a professional singer.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
♪ An die ferne Geliebte, Op.98 (April 1816)
i. Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend
ii. Wo die Berge so blau
iii. Leichte Segler in den Höhen
iv. Diese Wolken in den Höhen
v. Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au
vi. Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder
Benjamin Appl, baritone
Jonathan Ware, piano
Chicago, Ravinia Festival, Summer 2010
Described as "the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers" (Gramophone Magazine, UK), Benjamin Appl (b. 1982) is celebrated by audiences and critics in recital, concerts and opera. He is member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme (2014-2016) and is an ECHO Rising Star artist for the 2015/2016 season, appearing in recital at major European venues including the Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Paris and Cologne and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. The Wigmore Hall London have named him a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist (2015/2016). He became an exclusive SONY Classical recording artist in May 2016.
He trained as a chorister at the renowned Regensburger Domspatzen and continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. He is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied with Edith Wiens and Rudolf Piernay. He had the fortune to be mentored by one of the greatest Lieder sings, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Operatic appearances include Conte Le Nozze di Figaro in London, Owen Wingrave (title role) at the Banff Festival, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas at the Aldeburgh and Brighton Festivals, Schaunard La Bohème with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Baron Tusenbach in Eötvös's Tri Sestri for the Deutsche Staatsoper and a new commission for Bregenz Festival (Das Leben am Rande der Milchstraße by Bernhard Gander). Conductors he has worked with include Marin Alsop, Christian Curnyn, Johannes Debus, Edward Gardner, Michael Hofstetter, Bernard Labadie, Paul McCreesh, Roger Norrington, Christoph Poppen, Helmuth Rilling and Ulf Schirmer.
In concert he has appeared with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Gabrieli Players & Consort, Les Violon du Roy, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, and on multiple occasions with the major BBC orchestras. He made his BBC Proms debut in September 2015 singing Brahms' Triumphlied with Marion Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Orff's Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert. His oratorio repertoire includes Bach's Magnificat, St John and St Matthew Passions, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Händel's The Messiah, Haydn's The Creation and Britten's War Requiem.
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 a regular recitalist at the Wigmore Hall and at the Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg. He works closely together with pianists including Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Helmut Deutsch, James Baillieu and Martin Stadtfeld.
His discography includes Mendelssohn and Schumann duets with Ann Murray (DBE), accompanied by Malcolm Martineau; his debut solo disc "Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten" accompanied by James Baillieu, which was released in April 2016 on Champs Hill records; and a live recording of Schubert lieder with Graham Johnson for Wigmore Hall Live label.
Source: augstein.info, September 2016
To be continued / Συνεχίζεται
See also / Δείτε επίσης
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part IX. Nominations and Awards: Instrumental & Recording of the Year
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part VIII. Nominations and Awards: Orchestral, Chamber, Contemporary
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part VII. Nominations and Awards: Concerto, Recital
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part VI. Nominations and Awards: Opera, Choral, Solo Vocal
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part V. Nominations and Awards: Baroque Instrumental, Baroque Vocal, Early Music
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part IV. Special Awards 2016 | Lifetime Achievement: Christa Ludwig | Special Achievement: BBC Radio 3 | Label of the Year: Warner Classics
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part II. Special Awards 2016 | Artist of the Year: Daniil Trifonov
Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 – Part I. All of the news from an inspiring and moving awards ceremony