Benjamin Appl © Lars Borges / Sony Classical
We 4 Oct 23
19:30 Middle Hall Brucknerhaus Linz
Benjamin Appl &
Kit Armstrong
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Song recital

In January 2020, he made his debut at the Brucknerhaus Linz with a song recital that traced the concept of "Heimat". Now the celebrated German baritone Benjamin Appl returns with an equally extraordinary programme as part of the International Brucknerfest Linz 2023. He will be accompanied by an artist to whom the attribute "extraordinary" applies no less: the US pianist Kit Armstrong, who has already earned a special place in the hearts of Linz audiences in recent years. Together they perform songs by popular and discoverable female composers from Hildegard von Bingen to Judith Weir, presenting, for example, the little-known musical side of the writer Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. These works are complemented by those of composers including Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, all of which, however, are based on literary models by women, such as the poems of Linz-born Marianne von Willemer, long attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. A song recital freely inspired by the motto of the legendary Italian actress Eleonora Duse: "You can't do without women, even God had to realise that".


Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179)

„O magne pater“, D 153 (o. J.) 

Corona Schröter (1751–1802) 

„Für Männer uns zu plagen“ (1782)

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

The Mermaid’s Song, Hob. XXVIa:25 (1794) 

The Spirit’s Song, Hob. XXVIa:41 (um 1795) 

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797–1848) 

„Wer nie sein Brod mit Thränen aß“ (o. J.)

Judith Weir (* 1954)

Ständchen (1997) 

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)

Romanze aus der Bühnenmusik zu Rosamunde, Fürstin von Cypern, D 797, Nr. 3b (1823)

Suleika I („Was bedeutet die Bewegung?“), D 720 (1821)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)

Suleika, aus: Sechs Gesänge, op. 34, Nr. 4 (1837)

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)

Lied der Suleika, Nr. 9 aus: Myrthen, op. 25 (1840)

Die Flüchtlinge, aus: Zwei Balladen für Declamation mit Begleitung des Pianoforte, op. 122, Nr. 2 (1852) 

Ingeborg von Bronsart (1840–1913) 

Die Loreley (1865)

Amy Beach (1867–1944)

Nähe des Geliebten, Nr. 3 aus: Four Songs, op. 35 (1897) 

– Pause –

Ethel Smyth (1858–1944)

The March of the Women (1910)

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)

Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrannte, KV 520 (1787)

Nico Muhly (* 1981) 

The Last Letter (2015)

Ilse Weber (1903–1944) 

„Ich wandre durch Theresienstadt“ (um 1943)

Wiegala (um 1943)

Ade, Kamerad! (um 1943)

Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979)

„O schwöre nicht und küsse nur“ (1908) 

Pauline Viardot-García (1821–1910)

„Das ist ein schlechtes Wetter“, VWV 1054 (1869) 

Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979)

„Down by the salley gardens“ (1919) 

Liza Lehmann (1862–1918) 

„If I built a world for you“ (1904)

Evensong (1916)


Benjamin Appl | Baritone

Kit Armstrong | Piano