Although both German composers have a lot in common – they were born in the same year, studied in the same music school and lived in the same building –, they followed very different careers and styles. Mahler developed an outstanding style based on aesthetic perfection, whose brightness can be compared to Brahms’. By wonderfully combining music and poetry, Wolf is more like an heir of Wagner. Baritone Thomas Hampson gathers these two masters for his first recital with piano at the Festival.
Raphaël Merlin, Quatuor Ébène
The Little Singers of Paris