La Monnaie ¦ Recitals ¦ Angelika Kirchschlager ¦ Intro
Twilight of the Romantics
In the latter days of Romanticism, German Lieder once again enjoyed tremendous popularity. At the end of the 19th century, such composers as Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss were happy to return to early poems by Mörike, Eichendorff, Klopstock and numerous other romantics because they found their own musical fervour and passion reflected in them. But Romanticism continued to set the underlying tone in the 20th century too, in works by Alban Berg and Joseph Marx, and, even after the Second World War, Erich Wolfgang Korngold. So might one say that there is no time limit on Romanticism? The mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager prefers not to follow well-worn paths and, with her sensual voice, musical refinement and dramatic intensity, she leads us through an extremely captivating repertoire full of surprises.
© Nikolaus Karlinsky