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38. The Physician Poet - Schumann's Kerner Lieder

14 October 2021, 13:00 - 14:00

Schumann’s Kerner Lieder sets a remarkable cycle of nature-infused poems that are among Schumann’s most personal and affecting songs, written towards the end of his 1840 outpouring of song. The doctor-poet Kerner (see Event 40) writes of his pleasure in the rain and wind of a stormy night, his ‘Wanderlust’, his longing for forests and woods, and he surely knows better than most the answer to his posed question ‘Who made you so ill?’: ‘Nature healed me, but mankind gives me no peace’. These songs, as well as music by Hugo Wolf, are performed by thrilling young baritone Martin Hässler, who has recently joined the Vienna State Opera ensemble where roles this season will include Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.


An excerpt from Martin and Sholto's performance in this year's Festival

Martin performs Schumann at LIFE Victoria Barcelona 2019


This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in person and at home? 'Hybrid' tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert.

For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The performance duration is approximately 1 hour and there will be no interval.


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Artist Portrait

Martin Häßler

Martin Häßler


Since becoming a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble in the 20/21 season Martin Häßler has appeared in roles including Dr. Falke in Otto Schenk’s iconic production of Fledermaus, 1st Nazarener (Salome), Moralès (Carmen), Wagner (Faust) and in Jossi Wieler’s new production of Henze’s Das verratene Meer. Role debuts in his forthcoming season at the Vienna State Opera include Masetto in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Don Giovanni, Steuermann in Calixto Bieito’s premiere of Tristan und I... 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. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography

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