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Martin Bruns sings Schumann and more with fortepianist Christoph Hammer Oct. 5

“The singer, who has a voice reminiscent of Fischer-Dieskau's, brought to life the whole magic of Schumann's music.”
— General-Anzeiger Bonn
September 11, 2014
Martin Bruhns

Martin Bruhns

The Yale School of Music presents a Liederabend (evening of art song) on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Swiss baritone Martin Bruns will be joined by Christoph Hammer at the fortepiano. The two will perform Schumann’s song cycle Liederkreis and selected songs by Schubert, Lachner, and Liszt.

Martin Bruns performs in a wide range of styles from Baroque to Mozart, Mahler to the contemporary—but he spends much of his time studying and performing 19th-century Lieder. The Münichner Merkur says, “there is nothing that this voice cannot do.” Opera News notes: “Martin Bruns is hardly a household name, but maybe he should be. His disc of Schubert’s Schiller-Lieder easily rivals lieder recitals recorded by much more established artists.” 

Schumann’s Liederkreis is one of the great German song cycles of the 19th century. It was written in 1840, the year in which Schumann wrote so many Lieder that it is known as his Liederjahr, or “year of song.”

The concert takes place at the Collection of Musical Instruments, located 15 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and Yale staff, and $10 for students. Purchase at the Sprague Hall box office, by phone at 203 432-4158, or online.

For more information, visit collection.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

Having received his basic musical training at an early age in the boys choir of his hometown Basel, Switzerland, Martin Bruns went on to study violin at the Basle Musikhochschule, became a member of the Bern Symphony Orchestra, and then studied voice in Fribourg, Zurich and at the Juilliard School. After winning the New York State Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the Joy in Singing Award, his career began at the Wiesbaden Opera in leading roles like Papageno, Guglielmo, Figaro (Barbiere), and Donner (Rheingold). Guest appearances have taken him since to the opera houses of Düsseldorf, Freiburg, Bern, and Munich (Bavarian State Opera). His versatility is displayed through his vast repertory spanning from Monteverdi and Bach to Mozart, Mahler, and Schönberg on to contemporary music. This has led to collaborations with conductors such as Marcello Viotti, Ivor Bolton, Eric Ericson, Yoav Talmi, Heinz Holliger, Peter Ruzicka, and Gerard Schwarz, among others. FULL BIOGRAPHY

Christoph Hammer has been hailed as a “poet of the fortepiano” by the Italian press. He studied organ at the Academy of Music and Theater in Munich, also attending courses and workshops with renowned specialists for historic keyboard instruments. In addition, he studied German Literature and Musicology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and at UCLA. Since 1989, Hammer has focused on playing historical keyboard instruments, especially the fortepiano. He has achieved an international reputation as a soloist and lieder accompanist as well as in chamber music. Numerous recordings document his success, the newest of which features piano works of Carl Czerny (ORF Edition). FULL BIOGRAPHY