Heimweh - Schubert Lieder (2019)


Anna Lucia Richter

“No one,” Franz Schubert once confided in his journal, “no one understands other people’s pain, and no one understands other people’s joy! People always believe they’re coming together, but they’re merely walking side-by-side. Oh, what anguish for those who realize it!” The torture of being an outsider; inner restlessness; the search for happiness, security, home — all major themes in Schubert’s life as well as forces driving his artistic work. With the lieder on this album, Anna Lucia Richter explores different facets of Heimweh (homesickness) in Schubert’s works.

Mignon, the mysterious girl in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister, sparked Schubert’s imagination again and again with her longing for warmth and homeland, her insatiable thirst for the absolute. In Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake, Ellen yearns for protection, peace of mind, and security — and Schubert’s music underscores how impossible these very things are to find in times of war. In one of Schubert’s darkest songs, the gravedigger questions the meaning of human existence; the Shepherd on the Rock wanders through nature in an effort to overcome his loneliness; and the dwarf pines for the Queen, agonizing over the taboo of loving her. Nowhere is pain more beautiful than in music — especially in the music of Schubert, who, as his contemporary Heinrich Heine would say, makes our “hearts bleed most pleasantly.”

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Anna Lucia Richter

The German soprano, Anna Lucia Richter, comes from a great musical family. As a long-standing member of the girls’ choir at Cologne Cathedral she received singing lessons from the age of 9 from her mother Regina Dohmen. Between 2004 and 2008 she studied with professor Professor Kurt Widmer in Basel; and from 2007 to 2013 completed her singing studies with distinction with Professor Klesie Kelly-Moog at the Cologne Academy of Music. She also benefited from working with Magreet Honig, Edda Moser, Christoph Prégardien and Edith Wiens. She has won several international prizes: in 2011 she was honoured with the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Preis; in July 2012 was awarded first prize in the Internationaler Robert Schumann Wettbewerb; in February 2016 she received the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Her prizes also include those from the National Song Contest in Berlin and the advancement award of Nordrhein Westfalen for young artists.

Anna Lucia Richter has performed Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Singakademie Dresden. After hearing her voice, Wolfgang Rihm immediately wrote three songs for her in Bad Kissingen. Other engagements include Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel (Sandmann/Taumann) as well as W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (Barbarina) and Don Giovanni (Zerlina) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. She also performed Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 together with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.

During engagements, for instance, with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, HR-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt), MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and also with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and the Freiburger Barockorchester, Anna Lucia Richter has sung under the baton of Marin Alsop, Jonathan Cohen, Iván Fischer, Pablo Heras-Casado, Paavo Järvi and Kristjan Järvi, Axel Kober, Fabio Luisi, Roger Norrington, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Markus Stenz, among others.

In the 2015-2016 season, Anna Lucia Richter has performed as a concert singer with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink (G. Mahler's Symphony No. 4 , summer 2015), Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir András Schiff (autumn 2015), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer as well as the Dresden Staatskapelle conducted by Reinhard Goebel.

The 2016-2017 season started for Anna Lucia Richter with a major engagement in the opening concert of the Lucerne Festival where she performed in G. Mahler's Symphony No. 8 conducted by Riccardo Chailly. She sings in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Sir András Schiff in Haydn's Nelson Mass, she sings the orchestral version of Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester under Iván Fischer and then in Rome G. Mahler's Resurrection Symphony with the orchestra and chorus of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Daniel Harding. She goes on a major European tour with the Freiburger Barockorchester under Hans-Christoph Rademann singing in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248). During the series of opening concerts at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg she is a soloist in Haydn's The Creation with the NDR Elbphilharmonie conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. Following successful concerts with the Concerto Köln and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Anna Lucia Richter returns to the Cologne Philharmonie with a portrait series in which she presents her versatile repertoire encompassing Gluck's Eurydice, W.A. Mozart arias and her current recital programme. 

Anna Lucia Richter is a particularly enthusiastic lied singer. She has already built up an extensive repertoire and gives guest performances in all the major lied venues, for instance at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival, at the Heidelberger Frühling, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and in der Wigmore Hall London. She made her USA debut giving three lied recitals in New York’s Park Avenue Armory, accompanied by Gerold Huber. This season she can again be heard in New York, this time in the Weill Hall of the Carnegie Hall singing her highly acclaimed and unusual Liederkreis programme of Eichendorff settings and improvisations, accompanied by Michael Gees. She also gives lied recitals at the Schubertiade Vilabertran, in the Bavarian Radio studio in Munich and in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Anna Lucia Richter frequently includes contemporary compositions in her recitals, for instance the world premiere of the work Singet leise (Sing softly) by Moritz Eggert and the cycle Ophelia Sings by Wolfgang Rihm, which he composed especially for her. 

Her opera repertoire comprises roles such as the Sandmann/Dew Fairy in E. Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Barbarina in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Ilia in W.A. Mozart's Idomeneo and Zerlina in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, as well as Eurydice/La Musica in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, in the highly acclaimed production by Sasha Waltz with performances at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, in Luxemburg, Baden-Baden, at the Berlin State Opera and in Lille conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. In spring 2017 she takes on the main role of Elizabeth Zimmer in Keith Warner’s new production of Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers at the Theater an der Wien.

photographer: Julia Wesely

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PTC5186722: Heimweh - Schubert Lieder
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An den Mond, D. 259
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Der Zwerg, Op. 22 No. 1, D. 771
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An mein Herz, D. 860
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4 Gesange aus 'Wilhelm Meister', Op. 62, D. 877: No. 4, Lied der Mignon. Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
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4 Gesange aus 'Wilhelm Meister', Op. 62, D. 877: No. 2, Lied der Mignon. Heiss mich nicht reden
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4 Gesaege aus 'Wilhelm Meister', Op. 62, D. 877: No. 3, Lied der Mignon. So lasst mich scheinen
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Das Heimweh, D. 456
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Totengrabers Heimweh, D. 842
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Viola, Op. 123, D. 786
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Erster Verlust, Op. 5 No. 4, D. 226
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Abschied von der Erde, D. 829
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Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Op. 129, D. 965
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