Konzerthaus – Portraits – Florian Boesch
Florian Boesch

Florian Boesch © www.lukasbeck.com (Ausschnitt)

Florian Boesch

«Song recitals don't come much better or more transporting than this»,  wrote James R. Oestreich in the New York Times following a performance by Florian Boesch of Schubert's «Winterreise» in the Carnegie Hall. And he added: «From the moment he took the stage — shy, almost childlike, he seemed — Mr. Boesch's demeanor showed a dawning comprehension, punctuated by volatile outbreaks of rage, in conflict with a stunned bluff denial. Often he seemed to let words fall from his lips in a kind of flat speech rather than actively singing them.»

Florian Boesch is regarded as one of the best Lied singers around today and performs in many of the world's best concert halls and opera houses and festivals from Vienna and Salzburg to London and New York. His CD recordings of Schubert songs have won great critical acclaim internationally. His recording of «Die schöne Müllerin» was nominated for  a Grammy in 2015 and his Hyperion recording of songs and ballads of Carl Loewe was awarded the Edison Klassik Award in 2012. His Lied recital residencies have taken him to New York's Carnegie Hall and to London's Wigmore Hall. In 2016/17, Florian Boesch will perform a whole series of concerts in the Wiener Konzerthaus:  The programmes will include «Die schöne Müllerin» and other Schubert songs, as well as Ernst Krenek's «Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen». In addition, he will perform the great bass roles in Bach's «St. John's Passion», Mendelssohn's «Elias» and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, all with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. A joint appearance with the East Tryolean Musicbanda Franui promises to be a very special evening, where the performers will inimitably seek out the folkloristic in songs by Schubert, Schumann, Mahler and many others, and give it their own special stamp of intoxicating melancholy.

Born in Vienna, Florian Boesch comes from a family of singers. His father is the baritone, Christian Boesch. And he took his first singing lessons with his grandmother, Ruthilde. During his studies at Vienna's Unversity of Music and Performing Arts, he attended classes by Kammersänger Robert Holl. Florian Boesch has found his artistic home in the German Lied, oratorio, and a small selection of works of music theatre. And he leaves his unique mark on every one of these with his own very special style of interpretation. He says that the search for naturalness is central to his performance. «What is real and true is what interests me most,» he says. Very much in the meaning of Kleist, he regards his Lied performances as «a way of giving a final shape to thought via speech». He gives the audience the impression that here is someone who really crawls inside the texts to seek out their most exquisite meanings and colours; that here is a singer who really listens to draw out the meaning of a text, while at same time entering into a dialogue with his partner at the piano. The audience have the impression that nothing has been laid out in advance from the outset. Florian Boesch says his decision to focus on the German language was a conscious one, because «my way of singing only functions in a language whose every nuance I know.»

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