Famed baritone Christian Boesch and acclaimed pianist Bien Panganbian team up in this delightful live recording album of excerpts from Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Op. 48 and a number of Mozart’s most famous opera arias including Ein Mädchen order Weibchen.
23 Tracks – Total Time: 57:25
Famed baritone Christian Boesch and acclaimed pianist Bien Panganbian team up in this delightful live recording album of ten excerpts from Dichterliebe, Op. 48 by Robert Schumann [1810-1856] and a number of very famous opera arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1756-1791] including Se vuol Ballare, Der Vogelganger bin ich, ja and Ein Mädchen order Weibchen. And they perform three encores: Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund, and Da unten im Tale, both by Johannes Brahms [1833-1897], and lastly, Zueignung by Richard Strauss [1864-1949].
Christian Boesch – Baritone
Christian Boesch was born in Vienna. He studied at the academy of music in Vienna, and in Trieste and Milan. He came to the Vienna Staatsoper via Saarbrücken, Kiel and Zurich. A member of the Vienna Volksoper since 1975, he has sung Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Josef (Wiener Blut) and many other roles. A rapidly rising international career took him to the Metropolitan Opera in New York where he has sung Papageno, Masetto and Wozzeck. He has been a favorite at La Scala, and opera houses in Zurich, Cologne, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Tokyo and major venues in South America. He is also a regular guest performer at the Salzburg Festival. He has made major commitments to children’s and youth theater projects such as Zauber Flöten Reich Theater or Ein Barbier für junge Leute. He graduated from the University of Vienna in 1985 with a doctorate in Philosophy. Recent roles have included Danilo (The Merry Widow) in Düsseldorf, Eisenstein in Brussels and Zurich and Frank (Die Fledermaus) in Amsterdam under Schaaf and Harnoncourt. He has been considered one of the best “Papagenos” to have ever graced the operatic stage.
Bien S. P. Panganiban – Piano
Bien S. P. Panganiban was born in the Philippines. He studied at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a graduate degree in music theory and piano. He was a professor of piano and music theory and a professorial lecturer at the University of Santo Tomas and the Graduate School. In 1961 he made his conducting debut in the Asian premier of Francis Poulenc’s opera Dialogues des Carmelites on the 350th anniversary of the founding of the University of Santo Tomas. He also conducted the Manila Symphony in 1961 and 1962 with Hans Richter Haaser in concerto performances. Professor Panganiban founded and is Director of the Ryukyu Classical Academy in Okinawa, which he has led since 1962. In addition to his duties as director, he conducts the Ecumenical Chorale in many well-received concerts. His concert career has has seen him perform in recitals and orchestral concerts in the United States, the Philippines, Taiwan and Honk Kong. He has also accompanied many other artists including his good friend Christian Boesch during the latter’s Asian appearances.