It’s Christmas – Gold Edition

It is a great pleasure for me that I was able to expand my Christmas album again, this time with poems and stories that are as much a part of Christmas for me as the candles on the Christmas tree. First of all, of course, there is the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, which is read on Christmas Eve not only in the churches but also in many families. Over the centuries, many great poets have dealt with the wonder of Christmas, and so we have been able to collect a whole range of wonderful poems here, from Goethe and Claudius to Mörike and Eichendorff to Storm and Rilke.

In the 20th century, the topic was sometimes treated with a touch of irony, as the texts by Kästner and Ringelnatz show. But in the end it is also about them reminding us of the real meaning of Christmas: that we are not alone in the world and that we should also think of those who are not doing so well at the festival of love. With this in mind, I wish you a peaceful Christmas, wherever and with whom you choose to celebrate it.

“It’s Christmas – Gold Edition”: Complete Christmas collection with 50 songs, a bonus CD with stories and poems and a booklet with personal photos and Christmas recipes, now available in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland.

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Wagner Weekend: Tannhäuser and Walküre

Tannhäuser, Salzburg Easter Festival 2023, scene from the 2nd act with Georg Zeppenfeld and Jonas Kaufmann. Foto Rittershaus

The radio recording of the Salzburg production of Tannhäuser, in which Jonas Kaufmann has sung the title role for the first time, will be broadcast on Saturday, April 15 at 7:30pm. The other leading roles will be performed by Marlis Petersen (Elisabeth), Emma Bell (Venus), Christian Gerhaher (Wolfram) and Georg Zeppenfeld (Landgraf Hermann); Andris Nelsons conducts the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. On Sunday, April 16, Kaufmann will perform Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, with Okka von der Damerau (Brünnhilde), Vida Miknevičiūtė (Sieglinde), Christopher Maltman (Wotan), Varduhi Abrahamyan (Fricka) and John Relyea (Hunding); the conductor is Dan Ettinger. Additional performances are on April 20, 23, 26 and 29.

Die Walküre in Naples, rehearsal with Vida Miknevičiūtė (Sieglinde) and Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund). Foto Romano