Feb 09, 2017
BERLIN, February 9, 2017: The award-winning American baritone Thomas Hampson announced today the release of unpublished and exclusive recordings on the classical music streaming service Idagio. The recordings, hidden gems from live archive performances, include: Schubert’s Winterreise, op. 89, D 911 (until today unpublished recording with Wolfram Rieger, piano); the never heard before live recording of Lingua Angelorum, which Hampson commissioned by contemporary composer Sylvie Bodorová; and selected songs by Hugo Wolf. Also released today on Idagio are songs based on Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schönberg ; Schumann’s Kerner-Lieder; and the collection Wondrous Free – Song of America II. The release is accessible now on the Idagio iOS app and with lossless audio on the web app www.idagio.com – and immediately available in over 70 countries.
On the occasion of this release, Hampson commented: “Idagio is the newest exciting platform enlivening the classical music community. I am honoured and excited to now offer my recordings for your streaming enjoyment. Stay tuned for future exclusive releases and never heard before live archive performances. Streaming Rocks! Happy Listening.” Thomas Hampson has received numerous international awards and honours throughout his distinguished career. The baritone maintains an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. In line with his engagements and interest, Hampson has supported and believed in the work and vision of Idagio, the Berlin-based start-up, from the very beginning. At Idagio’s launch in 2015 at the Salzburg Festival, Hampson expressed his enthusiasm for the new streaming service with a video message stating: “I am thrilled to be part of the new cosmos of Idagio. Idagio is a platform, a network, a meeting place all at the same time. It is operated by experts in classical music.”
Idagio’s founder Till Janczukowicz comments: “Thomas Hampson’s own release on Idagio marks a very important step. Thomas Hampson is not only one of the world’s greatest artists, he is also a great visionary who has shared our mission since day one. We are immensely proud and happy to have him on board!” Furthermore, about Idagio: “Our goal is to build a streaming service that best serves the interest of classical music lovers and artists. With our unique “Idagio search”, music lovers can easily find what they want and musicians can easily share their music with their audiences, with recordings coming both from the artists directly as well as from their labels. As we permanently grow our catalogue, music lovers will soon find all recordings by the artist on Idagio, presented in one structured, easy and aesthetically-designed channel. ” Hampson’s recordings, newly on Idagio, are featured in specially dedicated playlists www.idagio.com/discover. Hampson’s streaming channel is accessible on the baritone’s official Idagio page www.idagio.com/thomas-hampson
ABOUT THOMAS HAMPSON: Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Residence. In 2010 he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he serves as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Hampson was made honorary professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth College, and San Francisco Conservatory, as well as being an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences. Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. Hampson who was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has won worldwide recognition for thoughtfully researched and creatively constructed programs as well as recordings that explore the rich repertoire of song in a wide range of styles, languages, and periods. Through the Hampsong Foundation which he founded in 2003 he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.
ABOUT IDAGIO: The classical music streaming service Idagio offers access to a constantly growing catalogue of high-quality recordings and thousands of hours of music. Idagio was founded by Till Janczukowicz and Christoph Lange – a duo that combines long-standing experience in the management of classical music stars with knowledge of the dos and don’ts in the founder scene around music streaming services. Through specially developed classical music search functions and curated playlists, coupled with an easy-to-use interface and aesthetic design, Idagio is building the best streaming service for classical music lovers. Idagio is currently available in more than 70 countries around the world on www.idagio.com and the iOS App in the app store (however, not yet in the USA and Canada). Idagio is a Freemium Model and consists of a free service with fee-based premium contents and features. Previous exclusives on Idagio have included Ivo Pogorelich’s release of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Nr. 22 and 24, released in November 2016.
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Thomas Hampson is a featured contributor to the newly launched platform MUSAIC, from the New World Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Hampson and other acclaimed artists, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, are featured in various site content including master classes, interviews, and more. Watch and learn today at musaic.nws.edu!
On July 8, Thomas Hampson is a featured artist in an Opera Gala concert, hosted at the Opernhaus Düsseldorf. This special annual event, presented by the Friends of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, includes the talents of the Duisburger Philharmoniker and Deutsche Oper am Rhein chorus, led by Axel Kober. Other soloists for the evening are Lavinia Dames, Luiza Fatyol, and Maria Kataeva, on a programme that includes operatic highlights by Rossini, Mozart, Verdi, and more. A limited number of seats remain for this extraordinary summer concert – purchase your tickets at the following link!
Mr. Hampson sings a recital as part of the Munich Festspiel on June 28. Accompanied by pianist Wolfram Rieger, the Mahler cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn will be performed in its entirety. Composed at the turn of the century, Mahler set this collection of anonymous German folk poems to music, originally written for either soprano or baritone. Mr. Hampson and Mr. Rieger are well-known for their interpretation of this cycle, and have performed it numerous times together in premiere international venues. For example, the pair interpreted the cycle in 2002 in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, which can be viewed via YouTube. A few years later, Mr. Hampson discussed the importance of the cycle as an Artist-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic in this discussion.
Hampson and Rieger’s upcoming performance will be held at the Nationaltheater, in the heart of Munich.
On June 16, 17 & 18, Thomas Hampson is the featured soloist with the Orquesta Nacional de España, under the direction of David Afkham. The concert programme is titled “The Origin of the Future” and highlights selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn as well as Schoenberg’s Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 5. Tickets: ocne.mcu.es/programacion/el-origen-del-futuro
This summer, Thomas Hampson and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni reunite for their acclaimed “No Tenors Allowed” programme. They perform with the Gewandhausorchester at the Open Air-Bühne im Rosental on June 23 & 24 under the baton of Alexander Shelley. The programme includes selections by Rossini, Mozart, Massenet, Gounod, and more.
Sony Classical will release a DVD/blu-ray recording of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, starring Thomas Hampson as the Four Villains. Recorded last autumn at London’s Royal Opera House, Mr. Hampson is joined by Vittorio Grigòlo in the title role, Sonya Yoncheva is Antonia, Kate Lindsey sings Nicklausse, Christine Rice is Giulietta, and Sofia Fomina is Olympia, with Maestro Evelino Pidò leading from the pit. The production by John Schlesinger premiered to enthusiastic reviews in 1980, and is revered for its rich and enduring portrayal of Offenbach’s opera.
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