Mauro Peter © Christian Felber
Mauro Peter © Christian Felber


MAURO PETER dedicates himself to Schumann in four recitals

After an all-Mozart programme at the Mozart Week in Salzburg in February, the sought-after song recitalist Mauro Peter dedicates himself entirely to Robert Schumann’s song oeuvre in four recitals in Graz, Munich, Zug and Vienna at the End of March and beginning of April. Undoubtedly, Schumann occupies a central role in the work of the Swiss tenor: in 2012 he won the Robert Schumann Competition, including the audience award, in Zwickau, and his debut at Vienna’s Musikverein featured nothing less than the song cycle Dichterliebe.

Together with his long-standing partner at the piano, Helmut Deutsch, he now delves into the abyss of loss and loneliness, gives in to melancholy reveries and luxuriates in the dizzying heights of love – all in Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 39.

Its forests, castles and moon-lit nights are followed by the macabre Five Songs Op. 40, in which Schumann sets poems by Andersen, the first four ominous, the last surprisingly conciliatory.

Mauro Peter concludes his journey through the world of Schumann’s songs with the cycle Dichterliebe Op. 48, presumably the composer’s most well-known song cycle – together with the Five Songs Op. 40, he has also recorded it for CD. Elation and desperation, self-pity and irony follow in quick succession, giving the singer an opportunity to portray the full gamut of emotions of a young person in love.