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

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".


Songs from

Hildegard of  Bingen (1098–1179)

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

Corona Schröter (1751–1802)

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797–1848)

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)

Pauline Viardot-García (1821–1910)

Ingeborg von Bronsart (1840–1913)  

Cécile Chaminade (1857–1944)

Ethel Smyth (1858–1944)

Liza Lehmann (1862–1918) 

Amy Beach (1867–1944) 

Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979)

Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979)

Ilse Weber (1903–1944)

Judith Weir (* 1954)

Nico Muhly (* 1981)  


Benjamin Appl | Baritone

Kit Armstrong | Piano