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Richard Strauss - Ein Leben in Liedern (A Life in Song) - CD
I want to produce a CD with the most beautiful and important songs by Richard Strauss, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the composer. With Timothy Sharp, baritone and Jan Roelof Wolthuis, piano
7,650 €

About this project

Funding period 2/14/14 10:15 AM - 5/9/14 11:59 PM
Start level 7,000 €
Category Music
City Mannheim

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What is this project all about?

"I have to admit, that my songs are amongst my dearest works in my whole oevre". , mentioned Richard Strauss to the great Hans Hotter, who was visiting Strauss at his home. He was endowed with a gala recital in honour of the composers 80th birthday and the composer agreed to go through his songs with the singer.
Together with Strauss at the piano, Hotter went through the compositions from a period of over 60 years and was overwhelmed by the splendour and diversity of Strauss' Songs. Already as a tennager Strauss started to write songs with piano and up to this day we can still enjoy many of these early masterpieces that have found their way into almost any classicals singers repertoire. No wonder: they have great melodies, are full of passion and are equally fun to sing and to listen to!

Strauss musical language in combination with the lyrics of his contemporary poets, like Gilm, Heyse, Schack, or Mackay but also in combination with classical poetry like Gothe, Heine or Friedrich Rückert has its impact on us today just as on the people of the fin-de-ciecle. Especially the subject of love and eros are treated in a very modern way. You can feel that psychoanalysis and Freud were shortly before their breakthrough.

And last but not least, Strauss gave us some of the most beautiful and compelling melodies. This should be the ideal way to celebrate the composers 150th birthday.

In honour of the master I, Timothy Sharp, in turn a former student of Hans Hotter, who has taught me many things about the Strauss songs, want to perform a program with some of the most georgious and important songs by Strauss, but you will also be able to discover some unfamiliar songs.
The new ting about this program is, that I have created a new "song cycle" that shows us the different phases of human love and life, from teenage foolishnes to the joy of the early love, up to the loss of your beloved and the last age.
"A Life In Song"

After two recitals with this program in January and May 2014, we want to record the CD in summer 2014, so that we can release the CD this autumn.

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

This CD goes out to all lovers of the german "Lied". You can simply enjoy the music, or take the booklet read the lyrics and try to deal with the facettes of life and try to feel what the poet has felt.

If you already have liked my Schubert-CD "Nacht und Träume" you will love this one!

Why would you support this project?

During my studies I have worked with Hans Hotter on the Strauss songs. That is why they have become very dear to me.
I think I possess many precious informations on how to perform these songs, that I want to put on a CD.

Also I have had some great successes with Strauss songs. As a young singer at the Mirjam-Helin competition, a highly prestigious singing competition in Helsinki/Finland, I have chosen only to sing Strauss songs in my Semi-Finale which brought me the Special Price For the Young Talent.

I feel very attached to these songs and I think especially this program will make a great CD.

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded? 

The money will be 100% for production purposes. We need to rent a hall/church and an instrument, a person who tunes the piano, etc. Then the recording itself is very expensive, as well as the CD-production (pressing, Booklet, etc.) itself.

If we manage to overfinance this project, we will put some effort in advertisement to make it more popular.

Who are the people behind the project?

Timothy Sharp was born and raised in Germany. He studied voice at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“, Berlin, with his own mother, the reknown soprano Norma Sharp and in numerous master classes with Hans Hotter, Peter Schreier, Brigitte Fassbaender und Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Sharps stage-repertoire includes numerous classic parts, like the Count („Le nozze di Figaro“), Papageno („The Magic Flute“), Figaro („Il Barbiere di Siviglia“), or Olivier in R. Strauss „Capriccio“, but also roles in operas of the 20th century, like Il Malaspina in S. Sciarrinos „Luci mie traditrici“, that has been recorded on CD and has been awarded with the prestigious „Choc du Monde“ and has been chosen CD-Of-The-Year 2004 by the London „Guardian“ .

Performances led him to venues as the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the opera house Köln, Wuppertal, Hildesheim, Kaiserslautern, Nürnberg, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Teatro San Carlo in Napels, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Communale Bolzano, Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari and to Chicago Opera Theater.

As a concert singer he sang under coductors lke Enoch zu Guttenberg, Martin Haselböck or Nikolaus Harnoncourt, what led him to venues as the Wiener Musikverein, Philharmonie Berlin, Munich and Essen, the Stuttgarter Liederhalle, and many others.

His affection belongs to the German Lied. Being a laureate of several internationaler competitions he peformed recitals at reknown festivals, like the Schwetzinger Festspiele or the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestpiele. But also in numerous reitals that led him throughout Germany he was able to spark his audiences with his style of interpretation and his voice.

His first Solo-CD, „Nacht und Träume“, with nocturnal songs by F. Schubert was released in 2006 by Roner Records. After the succesfull world premiere of the song cycle „Max und Moritz“, by Guido Rennert with the German Saxophone Ensemble he recorded this piece for the label TYXArt. Timothy Sharp will perform this piece with the German Saxophone Ensemble also at the Schleswig Holstein Festival and the Rheingau Musikfestival.

Project updates

3/3/15 - RELEASE TERMIN DER CD !! Der offizielle Release...

Der offizielle Release der CD wird am 3.4.2015 sein. Ich freue mich darauf!

The CD will be officially released on the 3rd of April 2015!

3/1/15 - Letzter Schliff. Ich sitze gerade beim Abhören...

Letzter Schliff. Ich sitze gerade beim Abhören der letzten Schnittfassung. Nächste Woche soll die CD ins Presswerk. Das Warten hat sich gelohnt. Wir sind sehr zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis.

10/21/14 - Update-Video zur Aufnahme

Update-Video zur Aufnahme

10/20/14 - Die Aufnahme ist im Kasten. Am 13./14.10.2014...

Die Aufnahme ist im Kasten. Am 13./14.10.2014 haben wir die Aufnahme in der Festeburgkirche fertig gemacht. Jetzt warten wir auf die erste Fassung.

8/14/14 - Nächste Woche ist es soweit: Die Aufnahme...
Nächste Woche ist es soweit:

Die Aufnahme findet, wie geplant, in der Festeburgkirche in Frankfurt statt. Der Tonmeister wird Andreas Ziegler von TYXArt sein.
Leider haben wir nicht den Stammflügel der Kirche bekommen, der gerade überholt wird, dafür stellt uns Steinway Frankfurt einen gleichwertigen D-Konzertflügel.
Ich bin schon voller Vorfreude auf die Aufnahme. Für Facebook-Nutzer: Auf der Lust-auf-Lied-Seite und auf werden Impressionen veröffentlicht.

5/6/14 - Endspurt Liebe Freunde des Lieds. Jetzt, wo es...

Liebe Freunde des Lieds. Jetzt, wo es so gut wie geschafft ist, wollte ich nur kurz nachtragen, was mit den Geldern passiert, die über das Ziel hinaus hereinkommen. Das Fundingziel wurde absichtlich tief gegriffen, damit es zusammenkommt. Es ist allerdings damit zu rechnen, dass weitere Kosten entstehen werden, die wir so wunderbar auffangen können.
Alles was über die Produktionskosten hinausgeht, stecken wir in Pressearbeit und PR, um die fertige CD bekannt zu machen.
Ihr seid super!

5/5/14 - Gestern war die Matinee in Mannheim, wo wir das...

Gestern war die Matinee in Mannheim, wo wir das Strauss-Programm live einem begeisterten Publikum präsentieren konnten. Viele Menschen haben sich spontan zu Spenden hinreissen lassen, die ich stellvertretend eingezahlt habe.
Ab heute sind es noch vier Tage bis zum Ende des Projektes.
Wer sich noch am Projekt beteiligen möchte, soll dies unbedingt in den nächsten zwei bis drei Tagen machen, nicht, dass Zahlungen unberücksichtigt bleiben.
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