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Benjamin Appl baritone – James Baillieu piano

Programme

Seligkeit, D 433 Franz Schubert
Des Kindes Gebet, op. 76/22 Max Reger
Freude der Kinderjahre, D 455 Franz Schubert
Wiegenlied, op. 49/4 Johannes Brahms
Der Einsame, D 800 Franz Schubert
Mondnacht, op. 3/5 Johannes Brahms
Waldeinsamkeit Franz Schreker
Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund (Deutsche Volkslieder) Johannes Brahms
Allerseelen, op. 10/8 Richard Strauss
Nachtstück, D 672 Franz Schubert
Drang in die Ferne, D 770 Franz Schubert
Der Wanderer an den Mond, D 870 Franz Schubert
Ich weiß bestimmt, ich wird' dich wiedersehen Adolf Strauss
Das Heimweh, D 456 Franz Schubert
Der Wanderer, D 489 Franz Schubert
Hyde Park, FP 127/2 Francis Poulenc
Greensleeves (folk song) Benjamin Britten
Silent Noon Ralph Vaughan Williams
Home, sweet home
My own country Peter Warlock
The Bachelor Peter Warlock
If there were dreams to sell John Ireland
6 German Songs, op. 48 Edvard Grieg


There is no exact translation for the German word “Heimat”; in a single word, it encompasses feelings of security, rootedness, home. These are the feelings expressed in the songs of Franz Schubert, Max Reger, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and many others. Baritone Benjamin Appl has appropriately titled his first album, which he performs at this concert, “Heimat”. The record was welcomed with great enthusiasm. The Guardian gave it four stars and described it as “impressive, poignant and finely judged”. Hardly surprising, given that Appl was mentored by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and is well on his way to succeeding him. James Baillieu is a tremendous match for Appl. The South African has won countless prizes for piano and was rightly described in The Daily Telegraph as being in “a class of his own”.