What a musical adventure! I took the train from my hometown Wels towards Bern and continued to Biel/Bienne at Bielersee the day before the concert. I stayed there for the night, close to the lake and had time to discover the beautiful old town of Biel. I kept going through the songs in my head, repeating each phrase day in, day out. For the first time ever I sang two pieces by Maurice Ravel ‘Chanson Espagnole’ and ‘Chanson Francaise’ and one by Gabriel Fauré ‘Après un rêve’ -
I slept late and got to the breakfast buffet just in time : )! Pick up to Hamburg was at 12:00 and yesss it was time to meet: Frau Elphi. I think we all were very excited and looking forward to playing within these impressive halls and on top of just that, we got to play our ‘Brahms Song Book’ for the very first time in Hamburg, the city where Brahms was born. We got to play his songs for the very first time at Elbphilharmonie. To be honest, I was nervous and excited all day.
Second time around at Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival and we all were looking forward to playing our Brahms Song Book as part of this exceptional festival. Dear Frank Siebert and Freddy thank you both for inviting us and taking us to dinner with wonderful rosemary bread and pasta. It is such an honour and joy to be a part of SHMF!!!From the moment we sat foot on festival ground we were taken care of in the most respectful and kindest way. We were picked up by Maria and whate
In her introduction of the evening, the organizer of Waldfelser Musiksommer amazing Nina Maderner said that there are couple of things one should, if given the possibility, not miss out on – including spending an evening filled with music inside a castle somewhere in Mühlviertel in Upper Austria. And I think, she might be right! What a special venue! I almost never drive by car to a concert but this time with all my bags ready to go and a friend from LA on board, I drove my o