The Music Commission hosted the conference "Lied's legendary voices" by Luis Gago. This conference is the second session of the course «Legendary Voices».
When we listen to ancient interpretations our ears perceive them as realized and recorded, indeed, at another time. That is because, like the music itself, the interpretation is also subject to constant evolution. And, in the same way that the course of music is decided by composers, the interpretation changes when instrumentalists, singers or directors vary, almost always subtly, the way of recreating a work composed in another time. In this case we will focus on the evolution that German Lied has undergone by listening to several pioneer singers of the first half of the 20th century, such as Elena Gerhardt, Alexander Kipnis, Lotte Lehmann, Erna Berger or Hans Hotter, singing works by great liederists like Franz Schubert or Hugo Wolf.
Luis Gago is a musicologist, teacher, manager, editor, writer and translator. He has a Law degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and professor of violin and chamber music from the Conservatory of Music of Madrid. He has been coordinator of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and editor of the Teatro Real of Madrid, as well as deputy director and Program Manager of Radio 2 at the National Radio of Spain and member of the Group of Experts of Serious Music of the Broadcasting European Union. He has made radio programs for the BBC and is the author of numerous articles and monographs, the book Bach (1995) and the Spanish version of the New Harvard Dictionary of Music. He is also editor and music critic of Revista Libros, music critic of El País and co-director (with Tabea Zimmermann) of the Chamber Music Festival of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.
Course «Legendary Voices»
1.- Cantabile: the voice from its physics to its metaphysics (07/11/2019)
2.- Lied's legendary voices (03/10/2020)
3.- Legendary wagnerian voices (03/30/2020)
4.- Legendary voices of Italian opera (04/05/2020)