Christian Gerhaher returns tomorrow to the Lied de la Zarzuela Cycle

The National Center for Musical Dissemination (CNDM) and the Teatro de la Zarzuela inaugurate tomorrow (8:00 pm) the XXVI Lied Cycle. Those chosen to open this edition are the German baritone Christian Gerhaher and the pianist Gerold Huber, one of the most successful and prominent duos in the current leading landscape, who will present the first part of a monograph dedicated to Gustav Mahler. The second appointment of this program will be held on January 13, 2020.

With ten concerts scheduled from September 2019 to June 2020, this season will visit the Lied cycle the most important lyrical voices of today, with varied and suggestive programs of great musical interest. Matthias Goerne, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Christoph Prégardien, Simon Keenlyside, Manuel Walser, Ian Bostridge, Anna Lucia Richter and Marlis Petersen, will play Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich, Strauss, Wolf, Brahms and Wagner, among others. They will be accompanied on stage by pianists such as Julius Drake, Gerold Huber, Alexander Schmalcz, Mac McClure, Caroline Dowdle, Igor Levit or Stephan Matthias Lademann.

Two quotes for Mahler

As Luis Suñén points out in the hand-held program: "Christian Gerhaher has once said that his greatest aspiration as a singer is to reach the deepest in the interpretation of the German art song." As part of this aspiration, the Bavarian baritone will break up Gustav Mahler's liederistic language in two sessions: during the inaugural event of the cycle (September 30) and early next year (January 13, 2020). In this first recital, Gerhaher and Huber will introduce us to the Mahlerian world closest to popular tradition through the legendary cycles Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn) (The Boy with the Magic Horn) (selection) , as well as in the hallucinated lyricism of the Kindertotenlieder (Songs of the dead children).

During his medical studies, baritone Christian Gerhaher (Straubing, Germany, 1969) perfected his vocal training in the classes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Inge Borkh. Gerhaher attended the School of Music and Theater in Munich and, along with his usual pianist, Gerold Huber, studied acting with Friedemann Berger and received singing lessons from Paul Küen and Raimund Grumbach.

His exemplary interpretations of lied with Huber have created a school. Both frequently perform on international stages, such as the Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Cologne and Berlin, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna or the Wigmore Hall in London, among others. Gerhaher is also a regular guest at festivals such as Rheingau Music, the London Proms, the Edinburgh and Lucerne festivals and the Salzburg Festival. Last season, particularly focused on lied recitals, he presented five different programs with Gerold Huber in Salzburg, Milan, Munich, Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Paris, London, Madrid and Schwarzenberg, as well as a Tour the United States. He is an exclusive Sony Classical artist. Regular performer of the CNDM, Gerhaher has participated in twelve editions of the Lied Cycle at the Teatro de la Zarzuela.

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