Conzert: 07.09.2023, 19.30 Uhr

Song recital „Schöne Fremde“


Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

Liederkreis op. 39
In der Fremde
Die Stille
Schöne Fremde
Auf einer Burg
In der Fremde
Im Walde

Michael Gees (* 1953)

Der Zauberlehrling

Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904)

Zigeunermelodien op. 55
Mein Lied ertönt
Ei! wie mein Triangel
Rings ist der Wald
Als die alte Mutter
Reingestimmt die Saiten
In dem weiten, breiten, luft'gen Leinenkleide
Darf des Falken Schwinge

Keine Pause

Ingeborg Danz, Alt

Born in Witten an der Ruhr, the contralto Ingeborg Danz first studied school music and later singing with Heiner Eckels at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold. Her broad repertoire ranges from Berlioz's Nuits d'été to Schumann's Faust Scenes to the masses of Bruckner, Beethoven and Bach - a composer with whom Ingeborg Danz is also particularly closely associated as a director of the Neue Bachgesellschaft Leipzig.

Her collaborations with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Christopher Hogwood, Philippe Herreweghe, Riccardo Chailly and Semyon Bychkov have taken her to La Scala in Milan, the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna, Berlin and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the NHK and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ingeborg Danz is represented on numerous CD recordings, including several Mozart masses with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec), recordings with Philippe Herreweghe (harmonia mundi) or Bach's B minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio under Helmuth Rilling (hänssler). A Lied CD with songs by Brahms and Helmut Deutsch at the piano was released by Brilliant Classics.

Michael Gees, Klavier

"Gees played throughout the evening as if he were the creator of the compositions, watching to see that everything came together as he had it present inwardly. His eyes were not those of the merely reproducing artist, but the flickering ones of the inflamed one, as he lives in our imagination as a creative composer."
N. Campogrande

At the age of three the piano is his favorite toy, from five he gets lessons, at eight he wins the Steinway competition and receives a scholarship at the Mozarteum Salzburg.

Celebrated as the "Westphalian Mozart", he studies at the universities in Vienna and Detmold and it seems as if nothing stands in the way of a career as a pianist. But the longing of the gifted child to explore the world of sounds in his own way, to reinvent it again and again from note to note, as it were, instead of practicing  technique, is stronger.

At the age of 15, the "child prodigy" escapes the pressures of a preordained competitive career, runs away from school, college and home, supports himself with odd jobs, works as an archaeological assistant and goes to sea for two years. In 1974 he unexpectedly has the opportunity to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover. He develops pianistic skills on his own, composes, becomes internationally known as an excellent accompanist of songs and gives concerts worldwide.

With his playing he revives a long forgotten tradition: to take the work as an occasion also for bound extempores. In 2001 he opened the Consol Theater, which he had founded. Here, children, young people and adults are stimulated and encouraged to discover and realize their own artistic impulses.