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Social DistanSong Day Four: Klemens Sander & Sholto Kynoch

31 March 2020, 10:00 - 23:55


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We're already at day four of Social DistanSong, our way of staying in touch and engaged during our cancelled Spring Song period. Last year, the Austrian baritone Klemens Sander stepped in at short notice to give a memorably excellent performance of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin (see below), and it's a particular shame that his planned recital this year should be cancelled. But we're delighted that he and his wife Uta have sent us some songs below, recorded in their apartment in Vienna. We're also pleased to include an update from Stewart Campbell, who is currently working on his PhD in a collaboration between Oxford Lieder and the University of Birmingham. Stewart gives us some fascinating insights into the focus of his research and the results of his fieldwork (conducted at last year's Oxford Lieder Festival).

Remember that you can find texts and translations of all the songs that were due to be performed today in the 'Explore' section on the main menu above, or by going to the original event listing and clicking on the Programme tab.

Klemens and Uta Sander perform Schubert's 'Am Strome', D539, with a welcome to Oxford Lieder audiences from Klemens:

Klemens and Uta perform Schubert's 'Am Flusse', D766:

Klemens and Uta perform Schubert's 'Fischerweise', D881:

Klemens and Uta also kindly recorded this 'encore', a beautiful traditional Viennese song, 'Stellts euch die Welt ohne Musi vor':

And lastly, we found the Live Stream recording from last year's concert at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, which Klemens jumped into at 24 hours' notice to perform a stunning Die schöne Müllerin. Here it is:

Stewart Campbell discusses his PhD research, offering insights into the role of song in the contemporary world:

Click here for Klemens's Spotify Playlist* of the full programme he and Sholto would have performed this evening (plus a few extras!).

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Lastly, click here for Sholto's Spotify Playlist of the same programme.

Artist Portrait

Klemens Sander

Klemens Sander


The Upper Austria native and St. Florianer boys choir alumnus Klemens Sander studied vocal performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Helena Lazarska and Robert Holl. His broad career led him to the Vienna Volksoper and Theater an der Wien, the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Luxembourg’s Grand Theatre, the Opéra de Dijon, the Operas in Limoges, Caen, Chemnitz and Leipzig as well as Neue Oper Wien and the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, singing lead roles including Onegin, Papageno, Don Giovan... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in Lo... Read Full Biography

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Social DistanSong

In these strange and unsettling times, we're delighted to present our much-reduced virtual spring festival in place of Spring Song.  From 27 March to 4 April, we'll be bringing you exclusive content to enjoy from the artists and speakers who were due to take part. Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, tells us more about what's coming up in the video below... [youtube url=http...

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