Lieder us um Tal - An Homage to Swiss Art Song Franziska Andrea Heinzen & Benjamin Mead

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Label: Prospero Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Franziska Andrea Heinzen & Benjamin Mead

Composer: Eugen Meier (1934), Emil Frey (1889-1946), Werner Bärtschi (1950), Joseph Lauber (1864-1952), Hans Huber (1852-1921), Walter Courvoisier (1875-1931), Heinz Holliger (1939), Isabel Mundry (1963), Joseph Joachim Raff (1822-1882), Hermann von Glenck (1883-1952), Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957), Albert Moeschinger (1897-1985)

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  • Eugen Meier (b. 1934)
  • 1Meier: D Chiäjeri02:29
  • Emil Frey (1889 - 1946):
  • 2Frey: Junges Mädchen in den Bergen02:03
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 3Meier: Wela Wäg01:02
  • Werner Bärtschi (b. 1950):
  • 4Bärtschi: Die Felswand02:15
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 5Meier: Ds Hittuliechtje01:44
  • Josef Lauber (1864 - 1952):
  • 6Lauber: Frühlingsnacht02:27
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 7Meier: Dr Schüelschatz01:13
  • Hans Huber (1852 - 1921):
  • 8Huber: Mir träumte von einem Myrtenbaum02:47
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 9Meier: Dr Blüüsuchnopf01:14
  • Walter Courvoisier (1875 - 1931)
  • 10Courvoisier: Morgens00:56
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 11 Meier: Herbschtwind01:17
  • Heinz Holliger (b. 1939):
  • 12Holliger: Herbst02:27
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 13Meier: Bärgwinter01:54
  • Isabel Mundry (b. 1963):
  • 14Mundry: Lied02:23
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 15Meier: Imbitz plaanu02:07
  • Joachim Raff (1822 - 1882):
  • 16Raff: Sei still02:15
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 17Meier: Miin Brief01:02
  • Hermann von Glenck (1883 - 1952):
  • 18Glenck: Wenn es in den Bäumen rauscht03:09
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 19Meier: Ds Glasji Wii00:59
  • Othmar Schoeck (1886 - 1957):
  • 20Hesse, Schoeck: Keine Rast02:07
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 21Meier: Dr Wägwiiser01:36
  • Albert Moeschinger (1897 - 1985):
  • 22Moeschinger: Das Mondlicht02:16
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 23Meier: Weischus dü_01:15
  • Frank Martin (1890 - 1974):
  • 24Martin: Ach herzeliep02:27
  • Eugen Meier:
  • 25Meier: D Miisch01:25
  • Total Runtime46:49

Info for Lieder us um Tal - An Homage to Swiss Art Song

This recording by the Swiss soprano Franziska Heinzen, accompanied by the pianist Benjamin Mead, is on the one hand a declaration of love to Franziska Heinzen's home canton of Valais, and on the other hand a homage to the art of Swiss song: the starting point is the song cycle "Lieder us um Tal" (1981) by Eugen Meier on Valais German poems by Hannes Taugwalder (1910-2007), which is thematically expanded with selected songs by Swiss composers of the last two centuries.

The sparse but onomatopoeic verses by Hannes Taugwalder, who grew up in the Valais mountain village of Zermatt, loosely describe everyday situations of simple mountain life, reflecting fresh, old or past love, a sense of home, a sense of destiny, a connection with nature or a longing for something different. The poems derive their special charm from the Valais German dialect, which, as a High Alemannic dialect within the Swiss German High Alemannic, forms a cultural treasure of its own. The geographical location of the canton of Valais, surrounded by over 40 four-thousand-metre peaks, preserves this actively spoken German dialect to this day.

Eugen Meier's thirteen "Lieder us um Tal" are effectively complemented with other songs by Swiss composers from the 19th and 20th centuries (Joachim Raff, Othmar Schoeck), but also with contemporary compositions by Heinz Holliger or Isabel Mundry, for example.

Franziska Andrea Heinzen, soprano
Benjamin Mead, piano

Franziska Andrea Heinzen
The Briger soprano Franziska Andrea Heinzen studied at the conservatories of Zurich and Düsseldorf. She completed her training in spring 2016 with the Soloist Diploma/Concert Examination with distinction. Master classes with Hedwig Fassbender, Krisztina Laki, Renée Morloc and Christiane Iven as well as lied master classes with Wolfram Rieger, Ulrich Eisenlohr and Hartmut Höll, among others, complete her training. Heinzen's extremely varied concert and opera repertoire ranges from baroque and classical works to modern and contemporary music.

Franziska Andrea Heinzen is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Association Dortmund, the Young Musicians Foundation Bayreuth, the Madeleine Dubuis Foundation and is supported by MusikPro. In 2017 she received the Culture Promotion Prize of the Canton of Valais and, as a song duo, the Culture Promotion Prize for Music of the state capital Düsseldorf.

In addition to numerous independent opera productions, she made her debut at the Trier Theatre in 2015 as an "outstanding Mozart voice" in the role of Annio (La clemenza di Tito). The soprano has worked with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Beethoven Akademie Orchester, Capriccio Basel, Ensemble Recherche, Zürcher Kammerorchester and the Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich, among others.

Franziska Andrea Heinzen has a special affinity for the art of song, in which music and poetry are condensed to the highest degree: With her Lied duo partner Benjamin Malcolm Mead, she has performed at the Schubert cycle of the Schubertiade of Barcelona, at the Düsseldorf Festival, and in the future at the Schubertiade of Sion as well as at the concert series Im Zentrum Lied in Cologne. Her love for her native mountains and the need to present the art of song in a special setting motivated her to initiate the Rhone Festival for Song Art in Brig/Wallis.

Benjamin Mead
The British-Polish-German pianist Benjamin Mead has quickly established himself internationally as an expressive and sensitive accompanist. In his Lied programmes as well as at the co-founded Rhone Festival for Lied Art in Switzerland, he is constantly searching for ways to revitalise the classical repertoire, combining unknown treasures with the great masters of Lied art.

Milestones in recent seasons include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and L'Auditori Barcelona, as well as the Aldeburgh Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Schubertiada a Vilabertran and Schumannfest Düsseldorf. In addition to performing with Dame Felicity Lott as well as Manuel Walser, he regularly collaborates with Valerie Eickhoff, Franziska Heinzen and Liam Bonthrone.

The debut album with Franziska Heinzen on the SoloMusica label for the 100th anniversary of the Les Six joint piano cycle was praised internationally by experts. The second album of the song duo followed in autumn 2021, dedicated to the song oeuvre of female composers from the Romantic period to contemporary music. Recently, this recording was nominated for the German Record Critics' Best List. In addition, her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and SRF 2 Kultur.

Raised in a British-Polish musical family in Germany, Benjamin Mead obtained an Advanced Diploma in Piano Accompaniment with Malcolm Martineau and Michael Dussek, among others, at the Royal Academy of Music in 2021 after studying piano at the Robert Schumann Hochschule. He is currently a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music.

Benjamin Mead was a Britten-Pears Young Artist as well as a scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner Association Düsseldorf, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now and was supported by the Norbert Janssen Foundation, C. Bechstein Foundation, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Leverhulme Foundation.

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