“Mahler was never in safer hands than those of Thomas Hampson. This is a veteran musician who knows the exact meaning behind every word and every note – and probably what Gustav was doing the morning he wrote it.
Nothing is overlooked. It’s a partnership that has borne innumerable iconic performances, and proven beneficial for both composer and singer.”
“Thomas Hampson is a very rare bird indeed: a singer who brings all the musical and emotional power of opera to the world of the art song. During this attractively varied program at the start of his first-ever Australian tour, there was never any doubt that everything Hampson sang, he sang from the heart. His extraordinarily expressive face confirmed that here was a supremely musical communicator who totally inhabited the world of each song.
It is hard to find adequate superlatives to describe the prodigious artistry and musicianship that was on display at this recital. Most importantly, music was made and effectively shared. It really doesn’t get much better than this. If you are in a position to hear Hampson live, don’t hesitate!”
“The first half of the program featured songs from Schubert and from Mahler, each sequence filled with gently haunting music and soulful yearning. A man of remarkable height, Hampson has the ability to convey a myriad of emotions while keeping his body and facial expression completely still; the glorious sound just poured out and filled the Hall as the audience sat in rapturous attention.
Hampson’s baritone has a completely unblemished purity that is a pleasure to hear, especially in a venue like this, which carries and blends music with warmth and clarity. Hampson’s musicianship extends to crisp diction and excellent German and French expression.”
“A notable interpreter of Mahler’s vocal music, Hampson concluded the first half of the program with five songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. A graceful, smiling Frülingsmorgenwas followed by Aus! Aus! with its marching rhythms and opportunities for humour, which he fully exploited. Poignantly expressed grief, a homesick deserter’s sad tale of capture and, finally, the fluctuating emotions of Der Schildwache Nachtlied(The Sentinel’s Song), which ended on the softest head resonance, had listeners removed to other worlds.”
“Mr Hampson is a singer of exceptional artistry and easy to understand why he was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein. He displayed a stage presence that went beyond his rich baritone voice. With each song, he brought out the essence and fullness of Mahler’s emotions. Mr Hampson not only connected with the orchestra and Maestro Molino’s excellent orchestral accompaniment, but connected with the audience to great effect. His voice was congruent with his body language and facial expression enhanced by excellent diction, dynamics and phrasing.”
Thomas Hampson and pianist Martha Argerich will take the stage for their first-ever joint performance on June 30. The concert will take place during the new week-long Martha Argerich Festival, hosted by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, featuring Ms. Argerich in concert with internationally renowned colleagues.
Thomas Hampson caps off the month of June with engagements in Austria and Germany. On June 21 & 22 at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Hampson will perform with clarinetist Jörg Widmann and the Gewandhaus Orchester under the baton of Andris Nelsons. The concert will feature a program of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Copland’s Old American Songs, Carter’s Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester, and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
This June, Thomas Hampson makes his debut in Australia with events hosted in Melbourne and Sydney. He presents a sold-out master class on May 30 at the Melbourne Recital Centre, followed by recitals on May 31 at the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as June 3 at the Sydney Opera House, Hampson and pianist Maciej Pikulski will perform works by Mahler, Schubert, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Copland and others. Hampson and Pikulski collaborated on Hampson’s first French song album titled “Serenade” released in 2017. You can find purchase links and additional details for “Serenade” via his Recordings.
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Messiaen Le Tombeau Resplendissant
R. Strauss Tod und Verklärung
Thomas Hampson travels to Geneva this month for a concert with flutist Roy Amotz and the Geneva Camerata under David Greilsammer. On May 22 at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Switzerland, Hampson and Roy Amotz with the GECA ensemble will perform music by Charpentier, Mahler, Mozart, Porter, Beethoven, and the world premiere of Nicola Von Ritter-Zahony’s new Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. This new work was commissioned by the Geneva Camerata, and the event marks Hampson’s first concert with the innovative ensemble.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the celebrated conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein. On May 19, Thomas Hampson and his long-time collaborator Wolfram Rieger present a concert at the Philharmonie Essen in celebration of the centennial. Hampson and Bernstein cultivated an artistic friendship from their dedication of interpreting the works of Gustav Mahler, which led to legendary performances of both composers’ work. The program for the concert in Germany will include selections by Mahler and Bernstein.
Thomas Hampson will be in Bulgaria for a concert on May 16 with the Sofia Philharmonic. Under the baton of Pavel Balev, the program will feature arias and overtures by Mozart, Porter, Verdi, Bernstein, and Lehár. Hampson and Maestro Balev have collaborated in many concerts over the years, most recently this past February at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.