Florian Boesch has been closely associated with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus and London's Wigmore Hall for many years. In February 2024, he will be performing lieder recitals in these magnificent chamber music halls. The programme includes selected songs by Johannes Brahms and Othmar Schoeck, as well as Schumann's Liederkreis op. 39 based on poems by Eichendorff - in short, Romanticism set to music.
A total of 21 Eichendorff poems have been preserved for posterity in Robert Schumann's settings, including the "Liederkreis" op. 39. When Joseph von Eichendorff heard a few of the songs at a meeting in Vienna in January 1847, he assured Clara Schumann that her husband's music had "given life" to his songs. Schumann's "Liederkreis" is deeply rooted in Romanticism, both thematically and musically, and is therefore perfect for the celebrated bass-baritone Florian Boesch and for Malcom Martineau, who is one of the leading lieder accompanists of his generation. The evening is rounded off with songs by Johannes Brahms and Othmar Schoeck. With around 300 works, the latter was a very prolific song composer whose oeuvre holds rewarding discoveries in store.