Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano · Juliane Ruf piano
“A Lieder recital is language in song form, and my role as the interpreter of the songs is to draw listeners quickly and easily into that sphere, to prepare their path into this very different world. I chose Lieder for this CD that are close to my heart. I feel very much at home with the music of Richard Strauss and it goes very well with the fin-de-siècle mood of Alban Berg. With that as a basis, we then started looking for songs whose lyrics leave reality behind, and that is when we came upon works relating to flowers. There is much that is ambiguous in some of the songs. And they definitely reflect everyday 21st-century emotions; their lyrics address, treat and analyse those emotions. It is many decades since the Lieder were composed, and of course today we use different language; as a singer I interpret the message for the present day. These are wonderful, finely painted pictures of girls, miniatures on an imaginary wall, that speak to us directly.” – Hanna-Elisabeth Müller talking about Traumgekrönt
Richard Strauss Mädchenblumen op. 22 · Die Georgine op. 10 Nr. 4 · Die Zeitlose op. 10 Nr. 7 · Das Rosenband op. 36 Nr. 1 · Gefunden op. 56 Nr. 1 · Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden op. 68 Nr. 2 · Säusle, liebe Myrthe op. 68 Nr. 3 · Waldseligkeit op. 49 Nr. 1 · Die erwachte Rose o.O. · Weißer Jasmin op. 31 Nr. 3 · Ein Röslein zog ich mir · Rote Rosen o.O. · Waldesgesang · Malven op.posth. · Arnold Schönberg Vier Lieder op. 2 · Alban Berg Sieben frühe Lieder
Producer: Edition Befana www.kulturbuero-steiner.de
recorded at Teldex Studio Berlin, 1–4 Dec 2016
Recording supervision: Martin Sauer
Acknowledged as an outstanding lyric soprano, she has already embarked on the first steps to a worldwide career. Ms Müller, who has won many awards, made her debut in March 2017 as Marzelline in Jürgen Flimm’s Fidelio at the Met in New York. May saw her opera and role debut as Donna Anna in Robert Carsen’s Don Giovanni at La Scala in Milan. She will return to the Met in December 2017 as Pamina and will then give her debut at the Zurich Opera in Mozart’s Idomeneo as Ilia.
In 2014 Hanna-Elisabeth Müller made her international breakthrough when she gave a spectacular performance at the Salzburg Easter Festival as Zdenka in Richard Strauss’s Arabella under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Shortly afterwards, Opernwelt magazine voted her Best Newcomer of the Year. In 2015 she debuted in Amsterdam in a new role, as Sophie in a new staging of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. She was an ensemble member of the Bavarian State Opera from 2012 to 2016, and will still appear as a guest performer from time to time in Munich.
The young soprano’s versatile skills guarantee her plenty of invitations to concert venues. 2017 began in quite a spectacular way when Hanna-Elisabeth Müller was asked at short notice to take part in the opening concert for the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie concert hall, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In the 2017/2018 season Ms Müller will give many guest performances, including with the Berlin Philharmonic under Yannick Nézét-Séguin. She has recently worked with orchestras such as the Cleveland Symphony under Franz Welser-Möst, L’Orchestre de Paris under Daniel Harding, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic conducted by Simone Young, the WDR Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf directed by Adam Fischer and the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester of Berlin under Robin Ticciati.
Together with her permanent piano accompanist Juliane Ruf she regularly gives recitals at major Lieder events and venues such as the Heidelberg Spring Festival, at Cologne’s Philharmonie, at De Singel in Antwerp and at the Rheinvokal Festival. Her first Lieder CD will be released in June 2017; entitled Traumgekrönt it features Lieder by Strauss, Berg und Schoenberg.
The pianist Juliane Ruf studied Lieder accompaniment with teachers including Irwin Gage, Helmut Deutsch, Graham Johnson and Rudolf Piernay. The young musician has already won many first prizes, such as the Concours International Lili et Nadia Boulanger in Paris, the Paula Salomon Lindberg Competition in Berlin and the Hugo Wolf Academy of Stuttgart’s International Lieder Competition. She performs at many events and venues including the Schwetzingen Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, at Cologne’s Philharmonie and the Wigmore Hall in London. Together with soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller she has given concerts in many places including the Gasteig in Munich and the Heidelberg Spring Festival. She has been working at the Lucerne School of Music since 2010.
“Flawlessly beautiful singing of a fascinating intensity” Rheinische Post
“Her smile is at least as disarming as the incredibly direct approach of her voice, which comes over right from the start, with Richard Strauss’s song ‘Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden’. Clearly intoned, revealing no effort whatsoever – not even in the forte sections – and above all radiating out into that venerable hall in such a wonderfully radiant and stunning manner: it was pure joy to listen.” Die Rheinpfalz
“Young soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller […] reconfirmed that she has a great future.” Seen and Heard International
“The stand-out performance came from Hanna-Elisabeth Müller in an exceptional role debut. Her Donna Anna was sublime, touching and musically flawless. Vocal and musical talents such as hers are rare – she has a very bright future ahead of her.” Il Tempo
“Donna Anna was played by the young Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, who not only has a superb talent but knows how to make intelligent use of it. Her sound is powerful, her tone creamy and her control of the tessitura effortless.” Apemusicale.it