Performance Saturday, May 12, 2012 | 8 PM

Christian Gerhaher
András Schiff

Zankel Hall
Christian Gerhaher is “a baritone with a rich tone and a seemingly infallible ear for dramatic phrasing” (The New York Times) who shines brightly when singing lieder on the concert stage. He joins Perspectives artist András Schiff for an evening of enduring songs devoted to the pains of love, including Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and Schumann’s Dichterliebe.


  • Christian Gerhaher, Baritone
  • András Schiff, Piano


  • BEETHOVEN An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
    ·· Auf dem Hügel sitz' ich spähend
    ·· Wo die Berge so blau
    ·· Leichte Segler in den Höhen
    ·· Diese Wolken in den Höhen
    ·· Es kehret der Maien
    ·· Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder
  • SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48
    ·· Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
    ·· Aus meinen Tränen spriessen
    ·· Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
    ·· Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
    ·· Ich will meine Seele tauchen
    ·· Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
    ·· Ich grolle nicht
    ·· Und wüssten’s die Blumen, die kleinen
    ·· Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
    ·· Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen
    ·· Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
    ·· Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
    ·· Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
    ·· Allnächtlich im Traume
    ·· Aus alten Märchen
    ·· Die alten, bösen Lieder
  • SCHUMANN "Ballade des Harfners ," Op. 98a, No. 2
  • SCHUMANN "Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß," Op. 98a, No. 4
  • SCHUMANN "Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt," Op. 98a, No. 6
  • SCHUMANN "An die Türen will ich schleichen," Op. 98a, No. 8
  • HAYDN "The Spirit's Song," Hob. XXVIa:41
  • HAYDN "Content," Hob. XXVIa:36
  • HAYDN "Trost unglücklicher Liebe," Hob. XXVIa:9
  • HAYDN "Geistliches Lied," Hob. XXVIa:17
  • HAYDN "The Wanderer," Hob. XXVIa:32
  • BEETHOVEN "Adelaide," Op. 46

  • Encores:
  • SCHUMANN "Mondnacht," Op. 39, No. 5
  • HAYDN "She Never Told Her Love," Hob. XXVIa:34


  • Christian Gerhaher

    During his studies under Paul Kuen and Raimund Grumbach, German baritone Christian Gerhaher attended the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, and together with his regular piano partner Gerold Huber studied lied interpretation with Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies, Mr. Gerhaher perfected his vocal training in master classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Inge Borkh. Mr. Gerhaher is himself an enthusiastic teacher and gives master classes. He also holds workshops at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in his capacity as honorary professor.

    Mr. Gerhaher's exemplary lied interpretations with Mr. Huber have been highly acclaimed: Their Schubert album Abendbilder received a Gramophone Award in 2006. That same year, Mr. Gerhaher was awarded the NDR Music Prize at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In 2009, for the Schumann album Melancholie, he received both the BBC Music Award and Echo Klassik Singer of the Year award; he was additionally awarded the Rheingau Music Prize. This was followed in 2010 by the MIDEM Classical Award as Singer of the Year for his album of Mahler lieder, the Dutch Edison Klassiek award, and the Schallplattenkritik Prize. In 2012, Mr. Gerhaher's first solo CD with orchestra of works from the German Romantic era will be released, with Daniel Harding conducting the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    The lied duo has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, and Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverein. Mr. Gerhaher is a regular guest at the Schwetzingen, Rheingau, BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg, Aspen, and Tanglewood music festivals.

    Mr. Gerhaher also performs in select opera productions and has a close association with Oper Frankfurt. Under Riccardo Muti, he was Papageno in a production of Die Zauberflöte at the Salzburg Festival (issued by Decca as a DVD). Mr. Gerhaher has also performed at the Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real Madrid, Vienna Staatsoper, and Bayerische Staatsoper. At the end of 2010, he sang the role of Wolfram in a production of Tannhäuser at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and received the famous Laurence Olivier Award for his interpretation.

    Mr. Gerhaher has performed with conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano, Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, and Christian Thielemann. His intensive preoccupation with the music of Gustav Mahler has brought him together with Riccardo Chailly, Daniel Harding, Gustavo Dudamel, and Pierre Boulez. Major orchestras that regularly invite him to perform include the Berlin, Munich, and Vienna philharmonics; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and the NHK, Boston, Cleveland, and Chicago symphony orchestras.

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  • András Schiff

    András Schiff was born in Budapest and started taking piano lessons at the age of five with Elisabeth Vadász. He continued musical studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with professors Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm. Recitals and special cycles (including the major keyboard works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók) form an important part of his activities. Between 2004 and 2009, he performed complete cycles of the Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas in 20 cities throughout the United States and Europe, a project recorded live in the Tonhalle Zürich and released in eight volumes for ECM New Series.

    This season, Mr. Schiff was named a Perspectives artist by Carnegie Hall, where he performs in a series of concerts that focus on Bartók and the legacy the composer left on their native Hungary. Unique to this series are the many colleagues who join Mr. Schiff during the 12 concerts included in his Perspectives-most of whom he has known since childhood. Additional North American performances take place in Philadelphia, Princeton, Vancouver, Toronto, Berkeley, Boulder, Napa, and Washington, DC.

    In 1999, Mr. Schiff created his own chamber orchestra, Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians, and close friends. He also works every year with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. From 1989 until 1998, he was artistic director of Musiktage Mondsee, a chamber music festival near Salzburg, and in 1995, he founded the Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte with Heinz Holliger in Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland. In 1998, Mr. Schiff started a similar series, entitled Homage to Palladio at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. From 2004 to 2007, he was artist-in-residence of the Kunstfest Weimar, and in 2007-2008 was pianist-in-residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    Mr. Schiff has established a prolific discography, including recordings for London/Decca (1981-1994), Teldec (1994-1997), and since 1997, ECM New Series. He has received several international recording awards, including two Grammys.

    Mr. Schiff has been awarded numerous prizes, including Zwickau's Robert Schumann Prize, Italy's Premio della critica musicale Franco Abbiati, the Klavier-Festival Ruhr Prize, the Wigmore Medal, and the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize; in 2006, he was named an Honorary Member of the Beethoven House in Bonn. Also in 2006, Mr. Schiff and the music publisher G. Henle Verlag began collaborating on Mozart and Bach editions. To date, both volumes of Bach's Well-Tempered Klavier were edited in the Henle original text with fingerings by Mr. Schiff.

    Mr. Schiff has been made an honorary professor by the conservatories in Budapest, Detmold, and Munich, and a special supernumerary fellow of Balliol College in Oxford. He is married to violinist Yuuko Shiokawa.

    For interviews, videos, and sound clips pertaining to András Schiff's Perspectives series, visit

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Schumann Dichterliebe, Op. 48, "Ich grolle nicht"
Christian Gerhaher, Baritone; Gerhard Huber, Piano
RCA Victor Red Seal

At a Glance

Christian Gerhaher presents a program that looks at the early period of German songwriting, focusing on two of its first important practitioners, Haydn and Beethoven, and also on one of the giants of early Romanticism, Robert Schumann. We hear five charming works in both German and English by Haydn that lead up to the turn of the century, at which point Schubert helped to establish the lied as a major song form. Composers during this period generally turned out songs as light entertainment for the drawing room, without any great profundity in their verse or expressive experimentation in their music. Beethoven was the first to push the envelope in songwriting, as he did in all things. His An die ferne Geliebte was the first cohesive song cycle-a conscious model for Schumann's later song cycles.

We hear Robert Schumann's most famous cycle, Dichterliebe, but Mr. Gerhaher also performs songs from one of the composer's most rarely heard sets: the four Harper's Songs from Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister. The son of a book publisher, Schumann was in love with literature from an early age and developed very discriminating tastes in poets. For these cycles, he chose two of the greatest: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Heinrich Heine, the dark genius of German Romantic poetry. It is interesting to compare Dichterliebe with An die ferne Geliebte; though both are songs of disappointed love, the first overflows with bitter despair and the other achieves a state of serene acceptance of what cannot be.
Program Notes
Perspectives: András Schiff
This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

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