Martin Engstroem, founder of the Verbier Festival, asked Chris to produce the second half of a concert (“something different and entertaining”) with the three bass-baritones René Pape, Thomas Quasthoff and Bryn Terfel. Chris made a medley of numbers from Broadway shows, and some evergreens such as Delilah and New York, New York, and asked Matthias Kosel to arrange them. The accompanying piano trio consisted of Vadim Rapin, Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang. The programme demanded much of the singers including some tricky ensembles, and for the instrumentalists it was unusual fare. The public loved it and their roars of approval could be heard right down the valley!
At the end of the month Chris was in the studio again, recording Schubert’s cycle “Die Schöne Müllerin” with the tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch, piano. This rush release is due out in October.
- Lang Lang
- WANG · OTTENSAMER · CAPUÇON