Plenty of Schubert and Schumann, Brahms and Mahler: it gets romantic, or at least very emotional, even with Weill and Britten, Poulenc and Zemlinsky or György Kurtág's “Kafka Fragments” of 1987, one of the most important pieces in contemporary song. The song is one of the most intimate musical genres. Soprano and alto, tenor, baritone and bass – the registers of the human voice elicit emotions and feelings that are stronger and more direct than the sound of any instrument, especially when stars from international opera houses take the Kölner Philharmonie stage for an evening of song. Bernarda Fink and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Anja Harteros and Anna Prohaska, Ian Bostridge and the young Benjamin Appl from Regensburg: powerful voices that can also be mesmerisingly soft and expressive. Precisely that is the major difficulty and particular challenge with singing. The same goes for accompanists, who have the remarkable ability to bring out every nuance even when playing with dynamic restraint.
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