Cyprien Katsaris | Christoph Prégardien

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917278729
Catnr: CC 72787
Release date: 19 October 2018
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Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72787
Release date
19 October 2018

"This duo -already performing together for decades- is so relaxed on stage." "They provoke each other in Loewe’s hyper virtuose 'Der Nöck." "Christoph Pregardiens voice sounds so natural, that you get the impression that there was never any teacher necessary.  "

, 15-2-2019

About the album

Cyprien Katsaris:
„Following our first encounter on 7. June 2015 in Hamburg on the occasion of our concert with the Winterreise of Schubert, which proved to be a wonderful experience, and considering our perfect mutual understanding, I wondered whether Christoph Prégardien would be interested in a CD project. But what repertoire? Usually the Lieder aficionados are not interested in piano and pianophiles do not seem to be Lieder fans... Then I thought, how about bringing together those two categories of the human species? Suddenly... EURÊKA! (Thank you, Archimedes!) The concept would be a combination of German Lieder, each of them followed by a piano transcription. Christoph Prégardien immediately agreed.”
Dit album Auf Flügeln des Gesanges - Romantic songs and transcriptions van de beroemde tenor Christoph Prégardien en de evenzo begaafde pianist Cyprien Katsaris is een wonderschone organische combinatie van lied en piano. De twee musici gingen hiervoor een bijzondere samenwerking aan. Dat gebeurt niet vaak want, zoals Katsaris zegt: "aanhangers van de liedkunst zijn over het algemeen niet zo geïnteresseerd in pianomuziek, en omgekeerd schijnen liefhebbers van de piano geen fans te zijn van liederen." Toch hebben de twee, na een succesvol gezamenlijk optreden met Schuberts Winterreise, de handen ineengeslagen.

Welk repertoire kiezen we?

Wat restte was de vraag: "Met welk repertoire gaan we aan de slag?" Waarop Cyprien Katsaris een Eureka-moment kreeg en zich afvroeg, hoe het zou zijn om de twee categorieën, de aanhangers van het lied en de liefhebbers van de piano, samen te voegen. Het moest een mix worden van het Duitse Lied vermengd met een pianotranscriptie. Christoph Prégardien stemde er direct mee in, en zo kwam dit prachtige album tot stand met liederen van maar liefst 14 componisten, zoals Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Robert en Clara Schumann, Wagner, Gieseking, Brahms en nog vele anderen. Met recht een album voor beide categorieën, mensen die van het Lied houden en mensen die pianoklanken op prijs stellen.

Gestart als koorknaap

De Duitse Christoph Prégardien (1956) begon zijn zangcarrière als koorknaap in de dom van Limburg an der Lahn, zijn geboortestad. Prégardien behoort tot de beste lyrische tenoren van deze tijd. Hij heeft een heldere en precieze stemvoering. Zijn intelligente interpretatie en dictie, gecombineerd met zijn kracht om door te dringen tot de kern van zijn rol, maken van hem een alom gewaardeerd zanger. Inmiddels treedt hij ook op als bariton. De tenor treedt wereldwijd op met vooraanstaande orkesten en is een graag geziene gast in ons land. Inmiddels wordt hij ook regelmatig als bariton gevraagd.
Cyprien Katsaris
„Nach unserem ersten Zusammentreffen bei unserem Konzert mit Schuberts Winterreise am 7. Juni 2015 in Hamburg, das sich als wundervolles Erlebnis erwies, und in Anbetracht der Tatsache, dass wir uns so gut verstanden, fragte ich mich, ob Christoph Prégardien an einem CD-Projekt interessiert wäre. Aber mit welchem Repertoire?
Liederenthusiasten sind normalerweise nicht an Klaviermusik interessiert, und Klavierliebhaber scheinen keine Liederfans zu sein... Dann dachte ich, wie wäre es, wenn man diese beiden Kategorien Mensch zusammenbrächte? Plötzlich, der HEUREKA-Moment (danke, Archimedes!): Das Konzept würde eine Mischung von deutschen Liedern sein, jeweils gefolgt von einer Klaviertranskription. Christoph Prégardien sagte sofort zu.“


Christoph Prégardien
Precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings ensures Christoph Prégardien’s place among the world’s foremost lyric tenors. Especially revered as a Lieder singer, he can be heard this season at the Phiharmonie de Paris, the Palace of Arts Budapest, and the Wigmore Hall in London, as well as in Zurich, Lucerne, Kyoto, Tokyo and Bogotá. He will also perform at the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg Hohenems, as well as part of the “Schubert!” concert series with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Christoph Prégardien appears regularly with renowned orchestras the world over. He has worked with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as the Boston and San Francisco Symphonies, and with conductors such as Barenboim, Metzmacher and Thielemann. His wide orchestral repertoire includes the great baroque, classical and romantic oratorios and passions, as well as works from the 17th and 20th centuries. In opera, his roles have included Tamino (The Magic Flute), Almaviva (Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Fenton (Verdi’s Falstaff), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and the title roles in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo as well as Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.

His long experience singing the Evangelist roles, and his close working relationship with conductors such as Nagano, Chailly, Herreweghe, Harnoncourt, Luisi and Gardiner have provided him with the perfect basis for his increasing work conducting the works of Bach. Following the success of his conducting debut in 2012, leading Le Concert Lorrain and the Nederlands Kammerkoor in Bach’s St. John’s Passion, he has also become in-demand as a conductor this repertoire. In 2015 he led Le Concert Lorrain and the Balthasar-Neumann Choir, this time in the St. Matthew’s Passion, and in the following years returned to lead Le Concert Lorrain and the Dresdner Kammerchor on tour with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. At a celebration concert for Philippe Herreweghe’s 70th birthday he also led the Collegium Vocale Gent. He will make his debut leading a symphony orchestra in spring 2019, when he will lead the Duisburg Philharmonic in works including Mozart’s Requiem.

The singer has recorded much of his repertoire on a discography which numbers over 150 records, which have received awards such as the Orphée d’Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique, the Edison Award, the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or. For the label Challenge Classics he has recorded Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Andreas Staier and Die schöne Müllerin with Michael Gees – selected as Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine and awarded the MIDEM Record of the Year – followed by Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with Julia Kleiter, Between Life and Death, Wanderer and the Grammy-nominated Winterreise disc – all with Michael Gees – as well as Father and Son with his son Julian Prégardien. His Schubert CD Poetisches Tagebuch (with Julius Drake) was awarded the German Critics’ Award 2016. His most recent CD releases include A Matter of Heart – songs for voice, horn and piano with Olivier Darbellay and Michael Gees – as well as a recording of passion cantatas by Telemann and Bach with the Vox Orchester for Sony, where he appears as a baritone for the first time.

Teaching remains a very important part of Christoph Prégardien’s musical life, and in addition to his concert engagements he gives masterclasses worldwide for young singers. Following many years at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich, he has been a professor at the Academy of Music in Cologne since 2004.

Cyprien Katsaris
Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on May 5th 1951 in Marseilles. He first began to play the piano at the age of four, in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. His first teacher was Marie-Gabrielle Louwerse.

A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano with Aline van Barentzen and Monique de la Bruchollerie (piano First Prize, 1969), as well as chamber music with René Leroy and Jean Hubeau (First Prize, 1970), he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition (Versailles 1974) and he was the only western-European prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. He was also awarded the Albert Roussel Foundation Prize (Paris 1970) and the Alex de Vries Foundation Prize (Antwerp 1972).


This duo -already performing together for decades- is so relaxed on stage." "They provoke each other in Loewe’s hyper virtuose 'Der Nöck." "Christoph Pregardiens voice sounds so natural, that you get the impression that there was never any teacher necessary.  
, 15-2-2019

A great singer together with a magical pianist, that produces an original CD to enjoy in twofold: song and piano transcription.
Klassiek Centraal, 23-12-2018

Many well-known titles, but also almost forgotten gems, all carefully and thoughtfully recited by the ever-impeccably singing Prégardien.
Luister, 07-12-2018

Both can work fine with these works that can give a nice effect in concert form.
Mania, 09-11-2018

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Die Forelle, Op. 32, D. 530
6 Melodien von Franz Schubert, S. 563: No. 6: Die Forelle (1st version)
Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 1: Liebesbotschaft
Transcription of Liebesbotschaft
6 Gesänge, Op. 34: No. 2: Auf Flugeln des Gesanges
Mendelssohns Lieder, S. 547: No. 1: Auf Flugeln des Gesanges
Liederkreis, Op. 39: No. 12: Fruhlingsnacht
30 Lieder und Gesänge von Robert Schumann: No. 28: Fruhlingsnacht
6 Lieder, Op. 23: No. 3: Geheimes Flustern hier und dort
Lieder von Robert und Clara Schumann, S. 569: No. 10: Geheimes Flustern hier und dort
Im Rhein, im schönen Strome (2nd version), S. 272
Buch der Lieder I, S. 531: No. 2: Im Rhein, im schönen Strome
5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme (Wesendonck-Lieder), WWV 91: No. 5: Träume
Transcription of Träume
Anakreons Grab
10 Piano Pieces after Hugo Wolf Lieder: No. 6: Idylle after Anakreons Grab
5 Lieder, Op. 48: No. 1: Freundliche Vision
Free arrangement of Freundliche Vision
10 Lieder, Op. 1: No. 4: Fruhlingslied
10 Klavierstu?cke nach eigenen Liedern, Op. 19: No. 10: Fruhlingslied (In dem Walde sprießt und gru?nt es)
8 Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 59: No. 5: Agnes
Transcription of Agnes
5 Romanzen und Lieder, Op. 84: No. 4: Vergebliches Ständchen
Paraphrase of Vergebliches Ständchen
5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4: Wiegenlied
Transcription of Wiegenlied
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