Baritone Benjamin Appl was awarded the prestigious Orphées d’Or Prix Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Best Lieder Recording) at the 2017/18 Orphées d’or for his Sony Classical debut Heimat. The award, presented by France’s l’Académie du Disque lyrique, was bestowed during a ceremony hosted by the foundation’s Patrick Bezier at Paris’s Auditorium Debussy Ravel on 7 March. The award is particularly poignant, as Appl was the final protégé of the great Fischer-Dieskau.

Benjamin has earned tremendous acclaim for Heimat. Gramophone, which honoured the album with both a Gramophone Award nomination and as Editor’s Choice, said: “The voice has a burnished, oaky beauty as well as considerable sweetness, 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.”

In their 5 Star, Choral & Song Choice review, BBC Music Magazine writes: “Appl is not only a singer of boundless promise, he is already a great artist. 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…Appl sounds as if singing is his most natural mode of expression; and since he has an extraordinary beautiful voice, there should be decades of happiness as he continues to expand his repertoire.”

Listen to Heimat on Spotify

 

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