Aspen Music Festival And School

A Recital by Andrè Schuen baritone and Andreas Haefliger piano

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With special thanks to Marcy and Leo Edelstein

Harris Concert Hall
8:00 PM

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BERG: Piano Sonata, op. 1
SCHUBERT: from Schwanengesang, D. 957

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, op. 101
SCHUBERT: from Schwanengesang, D. 957

Emerging star baritone Andrè Schuen, awarded the Young Singer of the Year by German’s prestigious Echo Klassik, and pianist Andreas Haefliger will reimagine Schubert’s Schwanengesang (Swan Song) in a recital in Harris Concert Hall.

Set to poetry by Rellstab and Heine, the songs are linked together by themes of nature, love, separation, bitterness, loss, and despair, yet it is unclear whether Schubert intended this to be a continuous cycle at all. The songs were written during the composer's final, painful twelve weeks of life and were grouped together by his publisher and given the title Swan Song because of the legend that swans sing most beautifully, and mournfully, as they are dying.

Schuen and Haefliger will perform the songs not in one grouping but as distinct sets, separated by solo piano works (Beethoven Piano Sonata op. 101, Berg Piano Sonata). Says Haefliger of the bold reimagining, “One set of songs seemingly connects melodically to the first movement of Beethoven's sonata, before going on their own journey, while the surrealism of the other set of songs is extended into the harmonic colors of the Berg Sonata; until the final song, 'Die Taubenpost,' rises out of the tumult as a phoenix out of the ashes.”

Also see Andrè Schuen with orchestra on July 28.

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