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Florian Boesch

Florian Boesch

Austrian baritone Florian Boesch is counted as one of today’s foremost Lieder interpreters.

Schumann & Mahler: Lieder
Schumann & Mahler: Lieder
Two of the greatest song cycles of the nineteenth century. 

CKD 511  

Florian Boesch - baritone 

Austrian baritone Florian Boesch is counted as one of today’s foremost Lieder interpreters with appearances at Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Cologne, Philharmonie Luxemburg, Edinburgh and Schwetzingen Festivals as well as throughout the USA, Canada, and Australia.

As a frequent guest on the concert platform Boesch has worked with leading orchestras such as Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, Iván Fischer, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, Robin Ticciati, Franz Welser-Möst, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Boesch also appears on the opera stage; he sang Zebul in Handel’s Jephta at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, in a new production of Purcell’s Fairy Queen at the Theater an der Wien as well as Méphistohélès in Berlioz’ La damnation de Faust at the Staatsoper im Schillertheater in Berlin. Further successes in the past were Schubert’s Lazarus, Handel’s Messiah and Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper at the Theater an der Wien, Wozzeck in Cologne, or Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival.

His recordings of Lieder and ballads have been highly acclaimed by the international press and he received amongst others the prestigious Edison Klassiek Award. Die schöne Müllerin was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award in the category Best Classical Solo Vocal. He was also a Finalist in the Solo Vocal category of the 2017 Gramophone Awards.

Boesch received his initial vocal training from Ruthilde Boesch and later studied lied and oratorio with Robert Holl in Vienna.

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La Libre Belgique
' exemplary recording due to its poetic, vocal and musical unity...Boesch's voice - powerful, full-bodied...[is] supported on the piano by the brilliant Martineau.'
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CD of the Week: 'Florian Boesch, and the outstanding pianist Malcolm Martineau, use Mahler's piano version to re-interpret the songs in the most refined and precise manner.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'...the way he goes from the virile nightly dialogue of “Waldesgesprach” so well characterised to the nocturnal hush and unearthly stillness of “Mondnacht” is extraordinary.'
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The Arts Desk
4 Stars
'Boesch has a tone and a mode of delivery for every mood.'
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Opera Today
'...their Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen takes excellence to even greater levels.'
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Classical Iconoclast
'Although I've heard dozens of performances over the last 40 years, this took my breath away.'
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'The profound sense of leave-taking in the final Wayfarer song draws some of the most coloristically subtle singing I’ve yet heard from Boesch.'

The Sunday Times
'Florian Boesch sings with his usual subtlety...He's splendid in the Goethe songs, and in the Mahler...'
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Audiophile Sound
5 Stars
'...there is a sense of rapt concentration, acute emotional involvement and some of the most ravishing sounds you are ever likely to hear from a baritone.'
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