Thomas Hampson. Wolfram Rieger
Brahms: Faith, Love, Hope

With his "Four Serious Songs," which he completed on the morning of May 7, 1896, his 63rd birthday, Brahms musically bid farewell to life (and to Clara Schumann, who was dying). Thomas Hampson, the great baritone and artistic director of the Heidelberger Frühling Liedakademie, puts these personal-intimate, profound reflections on the last things at the center of his recital, based on biblical texts meaningfully compiled by the composer. Robert Schumann's "Twelve Poems op. 35" on verses by the Swabian poet and physician Justinus Kerner form a kind of counterpart to this. This series of songs was written at the end of 1840 – during Schumann's happy first period after his marriage to Clara.

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Thomas Hampson


Wolfram Rieger


Robert Schumann
Twelve poems op. 35

Johannes Brahms
Four serious songs op. 121

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2. 4. 2024   Podcast

Brahms' called his Four Serious Songs "cursedly serious and yet so godless that the police could ban them". Star baritone Thomas Hampson, director of our Heidelberg Lied Academy, believes: "They provide a deep insight and reveal the last message Brahms wanted to convey to mankind. In conversation with host Thilo Braun, Thomas Hampson looks at composed depression, musical mockery and the supernatural power of love.

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