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Heidelberger Frühling Liedfestival: Sarah Maria Sun. Kilian Herold. Jan Philip Schulze

In the organizer's words:

Mozart already knew that the clarinet is the instrument "closest to the human voice" and composed enchanting duets for voice and clarinet
for the role of Sextus in "Titus". Franz Schubert dedicated one of his most extraordinary compositions to this musical affinity, his marathon song "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" (The Shepherd on the Rock), the slow part of which lingers in a Caspar-David-Friedrich moment that lingers in time while looking down into the valley. The fast part, on the other hand, which is reminiscent of the stretta of an Italian opera aria, is a concert aria disguised as a song.

Soprano and performer Sarah Maria Sun, who aims to offer "always an explosive, abundant experience of different energies, styles and associative possibilities" in her recitals, places Schubert's iconic composition at the beginning of her contrasting program with her fellow performers. Schubert's sweet sound of nature is followed by casual, wistful Gershwin jazz, then "What a movie!" from the short opera "Trouble in Tahiti" by Leonard Bernstein, a furious solo that looks into the abysses of a well-to-do middle-class marriage.

At the heart of the program are three arrangements of Brahms' wonderful Liebeslieder waltzes as an ode to the festival's fixed star, which are extremely popular in both choral and solo quartet formations. The program sequence moves via Gustav Mahler in seven-league boots towards the present and ends with the Greek composer Georges Aperghis and György Ligeti. An explosive experience guaranteed!

Concert with interval

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Price information:

25 € regular, 8 € tickets for students, trainees and pupils available at the Box Office from 1 hour before the concert starts.


Aula der Alten Universität Grabengasse 1 69117 Heidelberg


Heidelberger Frühling Heidelberg

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