Funeral fun with Franui at the Holland Festival

Florian Boesch/Franui: Mahler/Schubert/Schumann et al.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, 21st June 2017


Innervillgraten, East Tyrol, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A concert hall is the wrong venue for Franui. The “musicbanda” from East Tyrol belongs on a bandstand in a park or on a breezy pier. Their audience should be eating ice-cream and drinking beer instead of sitting quietly in the dark. Franui’s bittersweet folk arrangements of German art songs, with elements of jazz and klezmer, call up village fêtes, weddings and, especially, funerals.

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Boesch and Quasthoff dissect the poet’s soul

Schubert/Schumann/Liszt: Florian Boesch, Thomas Quasthoff, Justus Zeyen

Concertgebouw, 23rd February 2016

Wandering in a mythical wood, a poet encounters a seductive sphinx. As he succumbs to her kisses, she shreds his body with her leonine claws. This grisly tale is the foreword to the third edition of Heinrich Heine’s best-selling poetry collection, Buch der Lieder, and it also preambled the all-Heine evening with baritone Florian Boesch in musical settings by Schumann, Schubert and Liszt. Thomas Quasthoff, retired singer but active performer, recited poems between the song sets.


Florian Boesch © Lukas Beck | Wiener Konzerthaus

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