Sound of a Poem
Marx / Debussy / Schoeck / Endstrasser
Kretzinger / Collins / Darling / Endstrasser / Schneider
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Sound of a Poem
After attracting attention with her clear soprano voice in the classical and opera genre, German singer Esther Kretzinger discovers new paths with her second album Sound of a Poem. Together with a small jazz ensemble of international reputation, she sheds a new light on a special selection of Romantic and Impressionistic songs by Claude Debussy, Joseph Marx and Othmar Schoeck. With the Swiss violinist Georges-Emmanuel Schneider, New York's vibraphone player Tim Collins, renowned bassist Wayne Darling and Austrian drummer Gerald Endstrasser, Esther Kretzinger works out the essence of these songs in the language of jazz, showing that the difference between Impressionist music and jazz often lies more in externals such as sound colour, articulation and instrumentation rather than in its artistic core.
Esther Kretzinger, who was awarded the Lilli Lehmann-Medal of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum and has won several prizes in national and international singing competitions, can today look back on a distinguished music career. She has sung opera in the Salzburg Landestheater, the Salzburg Festspielhaus, the Mainfranken-Theater Würzburg and at the National Opera of Oslo. This singer has worked with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Daniel Hoyem-Cavazza, Peter Gülke, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Markus Poschner, Ola Rudner, Per Kristian Skalstad, Sebastian Weigle, Johannes Wildner and others. To date she has made concert tours in Europe, Russia and Asia. She concentrates in particular on the music literature of the 19th and 20th century, and on contemporary music. Slovenian composer Peter Kopac dedicated his work Waldseligkeit for soprano, violin and piano, which was premiered in 2012 in the Sokolski Dom Culture Centre in Skofja Loka, to Esther Kretzinger. Most recently the soprano performed works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henryk Górecki, Giacinto Scelsi, Mathias Spahlinger and John Tavener among others at the Giacinto Scelsi Festival Basel, at the Tage Neuer Musik Graz, in the Künstlerhaus Salzburg and at the festival Neue Musik im Stadthaus Ulm. As well as giving recitals Esther Kretzinger has successfully undertaken project-related work, her debut CD Lieder im Volkston featuring works by Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvorák, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály was released by Gramola in 2011.
Her artistic activity is focused in particular on lieder recitals and chamber music concerts. In 2014 she set up the international chamber music series Weissenhorn Klassik and has been the artistic director since that time.