Stéphane Degout baritone – Simon Lepper piano
Works by Robert Schumann
Works by Johannes Brahms
Works by Gabriel Fauré
‘I have just finished a cycle of Kerner’s poems. Clara was very happy but has also suffered from my silences and absences – this is the price of my lieder.’ Shortly after marrying Clara, Robert Schumann felt his inspiration desert him. It was after this silent, unproductive period that a song cycle of twelve lieder based on Kerner’s poems saw the light of day: born out of silence, these lieder are all the more intense and their melancholy all the more poignant. To perform these vibrant Robert Schumann songs, we have an exceptional guest: Stéphane Degout.