New release – Benjamin Appl & James Baillieu ‘Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten’

Out today – Benjamin Appl‘s debut solo disc ‘Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten’ accompanied by James Baillieu
The disc – also Benjamin’s Champs Hill debut – features lieder by Grieg, Rubinstein, Schubert, Felix & Fanny Mendelssohn, and Schumann. These composers set words by Heinrich Heine; one of the most significant German poets of the 19th Century, best known for his early lyric poems.
Benjamin Appl says: “Many of the songs recorded here have become familiar to me over a long period: I programmed Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’ for my very first recital in 2006, unaware of its challenges and rather reckless of me, in retrospect. From the very beginning its musical and poetic language drove me and absorbed me. At the other extreme other songs, such as the lovely op 32 by Anton Rubinstein I discovered much more recently.” 
Recently shortlisted for the RPS Music Awards Young Artist category, James Baillieu also features on another Champs Hill disc; ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song‘ with mezzo Kathryn Rudge. His most recent disc, ‘I heard you singing‘ with British tenor Ben Johnson, was released on Opus Arte in December 2015.
Purchase ‘Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten’ here
Watch Benjamin and James discuss this release in part one of a three-part ‘in conversation’ series here
Away from the studio, Benjamin and James continue their European tour as part of the ECHO series. For more information on this tour, see the ECHO website. The tour comes to a climax in May 2016 with performances in Vienna, Luxembourg, Budapest, Portugal, Barcelona, Cologne and Amsterdam. 
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