Benjamin Appl, the 2016 Gramophone Young Artist of the Year, has made Sony Classical debut with Heimat. The album, a collection of songs about heimat – or homeland – has already received acclaim with Gramophone writing in their March 2017 Editor’s Choice review: “The voice has a burnished, oaky beauty as well as considerable sweetness (well captured in Sony’s natural engineering), while the interpretations are suffused with a gentle intelligence, an instinct for unforced but direct communication and what feels like a real love for the repertoire.” Heimat, which features songs by Brahms, Britten, Grieg, Ireland, Poulenc, Reger, Schubert, Adolf and Richard Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Warlock and Wolf, is available in stores and online now.
Described as “the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers” (Gramophone), the young “noble baritone” (BBC Music Magazine) is “expressive and personable” (The Financial Times), and “possesses both penetrating insight and enviable control of tone and colour” (Classical Music). He first trained as a chorister at the renowned Regensburger Domspatzen and continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Münch before graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He also had the fortune to be mentored by one of the greatest singers of all time, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Benjamin is a 2014/116 BBC New Generation Artist, a 2015/16 ECHO Rising Star and 2015/16 Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist. A distinguished recitalist, he has appeared in recital on major European and North America Stages including London’s Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall; New York’s Carnegie Hall; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Wiener Konzerthaus; Philharmonie Paris and Cologne; the Laeiszhalle Hamburg; the Ravinia, Rheingau, KlavierFestival Ruhr and Oxford Lieder festivals, deSingel Antwerp and Heidelberger Frühling. His operatic and concert appearances include performances at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Banff, Bregenz and Brighton festivals; Munich Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsoper; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Gabrieli Players & Consort; Les Violons du Roy; Bach Collegium Stuttgart; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; and many of the BBC orchestras.
Watch Benjamin Appl sing “An das Vaterland, Op. 58, No. 2” on YouTube/Vevo
Listen to Heimat on Spotify