Sparks & Wiry Cries
Award-winning and internationally renowned Classical musicians Martha Guth and Erika Switzer co-host the upcoming episodes. We will look at song in a different light that will air every other week. Each podcast will be centered around a theme, and include live recordings spanning Mozart to the present day. We will also have the pleasure of including interviews with composers, musicologists and poets whose voices add a meaningful dimension to our conversations about song and performance. This podcast offers favorite repertoire, performed by ourselves and the many wonderful colleagues we have the pleasure to work with. This new generation of song singers have won international awards for excellence in their field and are currently performing in all corners of the globe. Our hope is that this venue has the intimacy that the first composers of song originally had in mind, and that what has been delighting us on the concert stage can now be enjoyed in your living room. -Please enjoy! Special thanks to Matthew Principe for his commitment and enthusiasm as producer and Matt Galek for his invaluable help with this project. Go to www.sparksandwirycries.com, www.marthaguth.com or www.erikaswitzer.com for more information
The end of Napoleon's reign and the birth of the Biedermeier era brought about many things, including -in a round about way- the birth of the song salon. Musicologist Ben Binder discusses why the politics of the time created an atmosphere where people were comfortable to be themselves only at home and why schubert mattered so much to the people who lived during this time.
Songs: Nacht und Traume, Aufleosung, Der Juengling und der Tod, and Der Wanderer.
Keywords: Biedermeier, schubert, lieder, schubertiade, martha guth, erika switzer, sparks and wiry cries, podcast, songcast, melodie, song, classical music, opera, shenyang, Spencer Myer, William Ferguson