Günther Groissböck / Malcolm Martineau

Song recital: »Der Mensch liegt in größter Not« / Hamburg International Music Festival

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Günther Groissböck
Günther Groissböck © Dominik Stixenberger
Malcolm Martineau
Malcolm Martineau © KK Dundas

Death leaves his calling card

Günther Groissböck’s career has taken him to the world’s great opera houses, from Vienna through New York to Bayreuth. The Austrian bass is at the top of his game, but it’s not only with Wagner, Strauss et al. that he delights audiences with his jet-black voice. He also makes regular appearances as a sensitive and versatile lieder singer, and comes to Hamburg now with a particularly moving programme.

Contemporaries of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky must have felt that his music had been beamed down from a distant star. The »Songs and Dances of Death«, written in 1875, are bold and new, gripping music full of experiment, in which Mussorgsky has Death assume different roles and even appear in person.

Transience is also a central theme in the works of Gustav Mahler, who returned repeatedly to the collection of folk poems »Des Knaben Wunderhorn« for texts to base his songs on. His setting of »Urlicht« is particularly well-known: it later appeared in an orchestral version in Mahler’s Second Symphony, and achieved great popularity in that form.


Günther Groissböck bass

Malcolm Martineau piano


Erste Hälfte tbc

Robert Schumann
Der Soldat »Es geht bei gedämpfter Trommel Klang« / from: Fünf Lieder, Op. 40
Der Spielmann / from: Fünf Lieder, Op. 40
Da liegt der Feinde gestreckte Schar / from: Vier Husarenlieder, Op. 117
Die beiden Grenadiere »Nach Frankreich zogen zwei Grenadier’« / from: Romanzen und Balladen, Op. 49

Johannes Brahms
Dein blaues Auge / from: Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 59
Die Mainacht / from: Vier Gesänge, Op. 43
Unbewegte laue Luft / from: Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 57
Heimweh II / from: Neun Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 63
Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

– Interval –

Modest Mussorgsky
Songs and Dances of Death

Gustav Mahler
Nicht wiedersehen / from: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Revelge / from: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz / from: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Der Tamboursg’sell / from: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Urlicht / from: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Pre-Concert Talk

(in German)

18:30 / Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal


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