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Hanns Eisler & Franz Schubert – July 12 juillet

Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 19:30 EDT

$10 – $70

Air conditioned! / Climatisé!

Hanns Eisler and Franz Schubert

Holger Falk, baritone – Steffen Schleiermacher, piano


Hanns Eisler –             Ballade vom Wasserrad (Brecht) (1934)

(1898-1962)            Lied der Nanna (Brecht) (1934)

O Falladah, da du hangest (Brecht) (1932)


Franz Schubert – Das Fischermädchen (1828)

(1797-1828)            Am Meer (1828)

Die Stadt (1828)


Hanns Eisler –             Hölderlin-Fragmente (1943)

I An die Hoffnung

II Andenken

III Elegie 1943

IV Die Heimat

V An eine Stadt

VI Erinnerung



Hanns Eisler –             Fünf Hollywood-Elegien (Brecht) (1943)






Im Blumengarten (Brecht) (1955)

Und ich werde nicht mehr sehen (Brecht) (1951)


Franz Schubert – Das Bild (1828)

                        Der Doppelgänger (1828)

Der Atlas (1828)


Hanns Eisler –            Der Graben (Tucholsky) (1959)

Lied der Mariken (Brecht) (1932)

Der Pflaumenbaum (Brecht) (1960)

Solidaritätslied (Brecht) (1933)


Holger Falk

Intellectually and vocally, Holger Falk. baritone, is one of the most flexible singers on the German stage” wrote the magazine Opernwelt. Colourfulness, flexibility and authenticity in his expression are the artistic sources of his international career as an opera singer as well as an interpreter of art songs.  He won an Echo Klassik for Satie in 2016. In 2016 he won Gramophone Editor’s Choice for the first of 4 planned Eisler recordings, was nominated as Singer of the Year by Opernwelt, and was recently awarded the Annual German Record Reviewers’ prize for the first of the Eisler recordings.

Holger Falk began singing as a boy with the famous Regensburg Cathedral Boy’s Choir, followed by voice studies at the Würzburg Conservatory, in Milan with Prof. Sigune von Osten, Franco Corelli and with Neil Semer, among others. His opera engagements have taken him to the Theatre de la Monnaie Brussels, Theatre Champs Elysées Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Hamburg State Opera, Theater an der Wien, National Opera Warsaw, Opera Frankfurt, Boston Early Music Festival, and to numerous German opera houses. He has worked with outstanding conductors, such as Christopher Hogwood, Gabriel Garrido, Franck Ollu, Konrad Junghänel and Stephen Stubbs.

As an interpreter of the Lied he appears at numerous festivals including: Phiharmonia Cologne, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, Franz Liszt Academy Budapest, Operá de Rouen, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Berliner Festspiele, Steirischer Herbst Graz and the Rheingau-Musikfestival. In 2015 he was invited to the Festival “Sind noch Lieder zu singen”, produced by the HugoWolf Society and the Bundeskulturstiftung, to create the future of the German Lied. Holger is the winner of the “Echo Klassik” Award 2016 for his recording “Erik Satie: Intégrale des Mélodies et Chansons”. As specialist for Francis Poulencs mélodies he recorded a 3 CD complete oeuvre of all 115 Mélodies for male voice (MDG), his rich discography includes also Rihm “Lieder” (MDG), Schubert “Schwanengesang”, J. M. Hauer “Lieder nach Hölderlin” (MDG) and the opera recording of Peter Eötvös´ “Paradise reloaded”. In March 2017 “Songs und Balladen 1929-1937” was the first release of a 4-CD collection of songs by Hanns Eisler.   He will be making his New York and Washington DC debuts at The Frick Collection and the Phillips Collection respectively in October 2018. Other interesting opera

Projects will be: -the main role of Jean-Charles, the premiere of “Das Floss der Medusa” by Henze at the Ruhr Triennale this August/September; “Ein Brief” (A Letter), an opera for Baritone, Stringquartett and Orchestra by Manfred Trojahn, on a text written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal in the form of a letter by the fictional Lord Chandos to Sir Francis Bacon.  The world premiere will be at Opera Bonn (Feb. 8th, 2020) and at the Theater an der Wien (Feb., 28th, 2020); and

the part of Lord Byron in the world premiere of Michael Wertmueller’s Diodati in a libretto of Dea Loher at Theater Basel between February and April 2019.


Steffen Schleiermacher

Steffen Schleiermacher is a German composer, pianist, and conductor. After studying at the Leipzig Music School with Siegfried Thiele, he continued working there as a music theory and ear training assistant. In 1988, he founded Ensemble Avantgarde which is devoted to contemporary classical music. Schleiermacher’s prizes and fellowship awards include the Gaudeamus Competition, Kranichstein Music Prize, Hanns Eisler Prize of the East German Radio for his Concerto for Viola and Chamber Ensemble, Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation Prize, Munich, Mendelssohn Scholarship awarded by the
East German Ministry of Culture, German Music Council Fellowship, Fellowship of the Kulturfond Foundation, Fellowship of the German Academy at the Villa Massimo in Rome, Japan Foundation Fellowship for study for several months in Japan, and Fellowship of the Cité des Arts in Paris. His recording releases include works by composers such as Erik Satie, Philip Glass, Morton Feldman
and Arnold Schoenberg. For Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm he has recorded the complete piano music of John Cage. He also plays pieces by Asian composers – such as Toshio Hosokawa and Ichiyanagi; and Slamet Abdul Sjukur, Michael Asmara and Soe Tjen Marching.


Thursday, July 12, 2018
$10 – $70


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