Dutch Baritone Thomas Oliemans Makes His Channel Classics Début
Available February 5 from Channel Classics, Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans, winner of the 2013 Prix d’ Amis of The Netherlands Opera, is accompanied by Italian pianist Paolo Giacometti on this recital of Schumann lieder. The program features Schumann’s best-known song cycle, Dichterliebe, and his most mysterious, Sechs Gedichte und Requiem. Schumann, believing mistakenly that the poet Lenau had died, added a requiem to the five settings. When word of Lenau’s actual death reached Schumann on the day of the cycle's first performance, the work became an eerie prophecy. Also included here is the Sechs Gesänge, dedicated to Swedish soprano Jenny Lind. Oliemans and Giacometti are perfectly matched on the baritone’s Channel Classics début.