Performance Friday, April 15, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Christiane Karg
Malcolm Martineau

Nostalgia: European Dream

Weill Recital Hall
German soprano Christiane Karg has dazzled audiences at the Salzburg Festival under the batons of Riccardo Muti and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and is a principal artist at the Oper Frankfurt. Operas that span Rameau to Strauss, and songs from Schumann to Poulenc are all part of her vast repertoire. Karg and Malcolm Martineau bring tremendous versatility and virtuosity to this performance, marking her New York recital debut.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Christiane Karg, Soprano
    NY Recital Debut
  • Malcolm Martineau, Piano


  • WOLF "Kennst du das Land"
  • WOLF Selections from Italienisches Liederbuch
    ·· "Mir ward gesagt"
    ·· "Mein Liebster singt am Haus"
    ·· "Mein Liebster ist so klein"
    ·· "Ich liess mir sagen"
    ·· "Ich hab in Penna einen Liebsten"
  • WOLF Selections from Spanisches Liederbuch
    ·· "Sagt, seid Ihr es, feiner Herr"
    ·· "In dem Schatten meiner Locken"
    ·· "Klinge, klinge, mein Pandero"
  • GURIDI Seis canciónes castellanas
  • DUPARC "L'invitation au voyage"
  • RAVEL Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
  • HAHN from Études latines
  • KOECHLIN "Chanson d'Engaddi" from Cinq mélodies, Op. 56
  • KOECHLIN "La chanson d’Ishak de Mossoul" from Huit mélodies, Op. 84
  • KOECHLIN "Le voyage" from Huit mélodies, Op. 84
  • POULENC "Voyage à Paris" from Banalités
  • POULENC "Montparnasse"
  • POULENC "Hyde Park"
  • POULENC "Hôtel" from Banalités
  • DUPARC "Romance de Mignon"

  • Encores:
  • HAHN "À Chloris"
  • BARBER "Solitary Hotel" from Despite and Still, Op. 41, No. 4
  • FALLA "Nana" from Seven Spanish Popular Songs

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Christiane Karg

    Born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria, Christiane Karg studied singing at the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Music Conservatory in Verona.

    Ms. Karg was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Hamburg State Opera before joining the ensemble of the Oper Frankfurt in 2008, where her roles included Susanna (
    Le nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La bohème), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Zdenka (Arabella), Adele (Die Fledermaus), the title role ofLa Calisto, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), and Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande).

    In 2006, Ms. Karg made an auspicious debut at the Salzburg Festival, and has returned to sing Amor (
    Orfeo ed Euridice) with Riccardo Muti and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She is a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien, where she has sung Ismene (Mitridate), Télaïre (Castor et Pollux), and Hero (Béatrice et Bénédict). Ms. Karg has sung Ighino (Palestrina) at the Bavarian State Opera, Musetta (La bohème) and Norina (Don Pasquale) at the Komische Oper Berlin, and Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress) at the Opéra de Lille. Last year, Ms. Karg made her house debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). This season, she makes her house debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and also her US operatic debut singing Susanna at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. 

    A prestigious recitalist, Ms. Karg has given acclaimed performances at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Mozarteum Salzburg, Vienna's Musikverein, Edinburgh International Festival, and Wigmore Hall, where she is now a regular favorite. In concert, she has worked with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mariss Jansons, and Christian Thielemann.

    Ms. Karg's discography includes a critically acclaimed album of Strauss lieder with Malcolm Martineau. She has also recorded two solo recital CDs with Burkhard Kehring and Mr. Martineau, and two CDs of arias with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo.

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  • Malcolm Martineau

    Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world's greatest singers, including Sir Russell Duncan, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kožená, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Sarah Walker, and Bryn Terfel.

    Mr. Martineau has presented his own series at Wigmore Hall and at the Edinburgh International Festival. He has appeared in prestigious venues throughout Europe, including
    London's Wigmore Hall andthe Barbican; La Scala in Milan; Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Berlin's Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; and Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverein. He has also performed in New York's Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall; at the Sydney Opera House in Australia; and at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and Salzburg festivals.

    Recording projects have included the complete Beethoven folk songs and Schubert, Schumann, and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel; Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside; recital recordings with Angela Gheorghiu, Barbara Bonney, Magdalena Kožená, Della Jones, Susan Bullock, Solveig Kringelborn, Anne Schwanewilms, Dorothea Röschmann, and Christiane Karg; the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten folk songs; and the complete Poulenc songs, the complete Britten song cycles, the complete Mendelssohn songs, as well as Schubert with Florian Boesch.

    Born in Edinburgh, Mr. Martineau studied at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music.He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and appointed an international fellow of accompaniment in 2009.Mr. Martineauwas the artistic director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder festival. He was appointedOfficer of the Order of the British Empirein the 2016 New Year's Honours.

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R. STRAUSS "Ständchen"
Christiane Karg, Soprano | Malcolm Martineau, Piano
Berlin Classics

At a Glance

Christiane Karg has titled her program Nostalgia: European Dream. That theme of nostalgia for places and moments in the artist’s past is expressed most potently in the two versions of Goethe’s famous poem “Kennst du das Land” (“Do you know the land”) that open and close the program—the first by Hugo Wolf, the second by Henri Duparc.

In between these songs, Ms. Karg visits many different European cultures: Italy, Spain, Greece, France, England, and the adjoining regions of the Middle East. To escort us there, she has chosen some familiar songwriters (including Maurice Ravel and Francis Poulenc), as well as others less frequently encountered (Reynaldo Hahn, Jesús Guridi, and Charles Koechlin). 
Program Notes
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.