Benjamin Appl: Heimat | Sony 88985393032

Benjamin Appl: Heimat


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 88985393032

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th March 2017



Benjamin Appl is a new exclusive Sony Classical Artist. He was voted the Gramophone Magazine ‘Young Artist of the Year 2016’. Benjamin is a former chorister of the famous Regensburger Domspatzen. He is one of the most interesting artists of the new generation, with a great baritone voice, charming personality and great stage presence. ‘Heimat’ is his debut album with Sony Classical and presents songs from different countries related to ‘Heimat’. The booklet of the limited first edition contains and additional essay by Neil McGregor, former director of the British Museum and upcoming director of the Berlin Humboldtforum.


Benjamin Appl is not only a singer of boundless promise, he is already a great artist. This disc shows how versatile he is, with not only great Lieder but interesting rarities too. ... The sense of belonging, combined with the urge to travel and experience life to the full, is the underlying theme of this recital. So instead of the feeling one has often with song recitals, that one has to keep changing gear randomly every two or three minutes, there is a thread here which makes it a more unified experience. ... Appl sounds as if singing is his most natural mode of expression; and since he has an extraordinarily beautiful voice, there should be decades of happiness as he continues to expand his repertoire.  Michael Tanner (Choral & Song Choice)
BBC Music Magazine June 2017
[Benjamin Appl’s] Schubert, Brahms and Wolf are impressive, thanks partly to James Baillieu’s finely judged piano playing, even if Brahms’s Lullaby sounds a touch overegged in Appl’s beautifully produced diction. Nothing, though, is as poignant as a gorgeous, wistful little popular song by Adolf Strauss, written in Terezín days before he was sent to Auschwitz and his death. ... Appl was mentored by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and while it’s a bit early to be naming him as successor to that great singer, as some are doing, this disc shows great potential.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 9 March 2017

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