“Anything but an outdated format!”, Marie Seidler says about art song and song recitals. We spoke with the mezzo-soprano during the 2021 Schubert Week, when she was part of the Young Singers series. This year she presents a full recital, with Wolfram Rieger at the piano, performing works by Zumsteeg, Loewe, Salieri, and Schubert.
Following her appearance in last year's Young Singers concerts, mezzo-soprano Marie Seidler this season presents a program including several of Schubert's Mignon settings as well as works by Zumsteeg, Salieri, and Loewe.
In more than 600 songs, Franz Schubert brought to musical life virtually all aspects of human emotions. His artistic adventurousness and his gift to focus thoughts “into limited but sharply defined contours,” as Franz Liszt said about his fellow composer, helped make the German word “lied” an untranslatable term. As in previous seasons, the world of Schubert will be the focus of an entire week of concerts and workshops at the Pierre Boulez Saal, featuring both veteran and young artists brought together by curator Thomas Hampson. In addition to Schubert’s songs, they will also explore the works of some of his predecessors and contemporaries such as Johann Rudolph Zumsteeg, Carl Loewe, and the composers of the “Berliner Liederschule,” such as Johann Friedrich Reichardt and Carl Friedrich Zelter, presenting a multilayered image of the lied genre.