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Benjamin Appl baritone
James BaIllieu piano
Works by Schubert, Reger, Wolf, Brahms, Schreker, Grieg, Strauss, Poulenc, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Ireland, Bishop and Warlock
In recent years the baritone Benjamin Appl and the pianist James Baillieu have forged careers that have placed them in the front rank of young artists. They have also developed an artistic partnership that Festival audiences have seen blossoming since 2014. Appl and Baillieu here perform music from their debut album, inspired by the German idea of heimat.
Heimat means home; a sense of belonging; emotional ties to a certain place. Conjuring notions of nostalgia, comfort and security, it provides the theme for a varied programme of songs and Lieder, that charts the emotions of two artists born in foreign lands (Appl in Germany, Baillieu in South Africa) who have made England their home.